GLEN ROCK, NJ – From evading sales tax to engaging in criminal activities under the guise of anonymity, the demand for fraudulent license plates has given rise to an illicit market. Local authorities are taking notice and cracking down on this disturbing trend.
On June 6, 2023, at 11:34 a.m., law enforcement officers responded to a citizen’s report regarding the sale of fraudulent temporary New Jersey vehicle registrations in the parking lot of 175 Rock Road. The transaction had been advertised on Facebook, according to police sources.
Following an immediate on-scene investigation, the police took Keith Miller, a 40-year-old resident of Iselin, NJ, into custody. Miller was charged with the offense of Unlawfully Selling Fraudulent Documents, as he was found in possession of six counterfeit temporary registrations.
Subsequently, Miller was transported to the police headquarters, where he underwent processing. He was later released on his own recognizance, pending an appearance before Central Judicial Processing at the Superior Court in Hackensack.
Chief Dean Ackermann of the Glen Rock Police Department shed light on the broader issue at hand, highlighting the department’s ongoing investigation into the escalating cases of temporary license plate abuse throughout New Jersey. “Drivers resort to using counterfeit and deceptive temporary tags for various reasons,” Chief Ackermann explained. “These range from driving without proper car insurance, evading sales tax on vehicle purchases, and avoiding payment of tolls and tickets. Additionally, individuals with nefarious intentions utilize fraudulent temporary tags to perpetrate more serious crimes, as these tags allow them to operate vehicles without the plates being connected to their true identity and address. Incidents involving counterfeit temporary tags have been linked to robberies, shootings, and hit-and-run incidents.”
The Glen Rock Police Department is working diligently to combat this growing concern and ensure the safety and integrity of the community. Through proactive investigations and enforcement, they aim to curb the illegal practices surrounding fraudulent license plates and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
As authorities maintain vigilance and continue their efforts, it is crucial for residents and motorists to remain vigilant, report any suspicious activities, and cooperate with law enforcement agencies in their pursuit of justice.