DMV Team Targets Illegal Dealer Activity In Ontario Over Weekend
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SACRAMENTOInvestigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and other law enforcement officers issued misdemeanor citations to several persons on Saturday, Sept. 16 in the City of Ontario for alleged unlicensed dealer activity after receiving complaints that persons routinely and illegally displayed vehicles for sale for several weekends near the city’s John Galvin Park.
Ten DMV investigators conducted the ticketing and arrest operation along with Police Officers from the Ontario Police Department and the City of Ontario’s Code Enforcement Division.
The enforcement operation executed by the two agencies during Saturday’s action, was the result of a more stepped-up effort on the part of its Investigations Division to curb nefarious and illegal dealer transactions.
“The Department of Motor Vehicles takes the issue of unlicensed dealers very seriously,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “Proper licensing protects auto buyers from fraud, rip-offs and unscrupulous sellers.”
It is against the law to display and sell vehicles without the necessary permits and licenses from DMV and local jurisdictions. Dealers licensed by the department must also go through specific licensing, bonding and screening processes which include background checks and fingerprinting from the California State Department of Justice.
The suspects were issued five misdemeanor citations for unlicensed dealer activity (CVC 11700 and CVC 12120;) one was arrested for presenting false evidence of a valid vehicle registration (CVC 4463a) and another was arrested on two counts of possessing a counterfeit Social Security Card (114 pc, 472 pc) which is also a felony. Ontario City Code Enforcement Officers issued an additional 12 citations (infractions) for the display of the vehicles for sale.
One vehicle was towed from the scene for violation of CVC section 22651(o) (l) for having an expired California State registration that had been delinquent for at least 6 months.
The task force has filed the various complaints with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak. The DMV licenses drivers; maintains driving records; registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels; investigates auto and identity-related fraud; and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools. The DMV offers a plethora of services to customers through its Web site (www.ca.gov), including online appointments for written and drive tests; and payment for renewing driver licenses, ID cards, and vehicle registrations.
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