Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cloned Cars?


Image from zackaholic

Did you know that you can clone a car? 

Sounds weird but it's a pretty good racket that's being shut down.

South Florida law enforcement involved in “Operation Roadrunner” recovered approximately 250 cloned, stolen vehicles across the U.S. and expressed their belief that had NMVTIS been fully implemented, much of this criminal activity would have been prevented. In this multistate investigation, it was discovered that a criminal enterprise based in South Florida was stealing vehicles and replacing the VINs on the stolen vehicles with VINs removed from other vehicles of the same make, model, and year. These “cloned” vehicles were then used for criminal purposes or sold to unsuspecting consumers. Because the stolen cars and their fraudulent title paperwork displayed legitimate VINs taken from other automobiles (i.e., they were “clones”), consumers, state's motor vehicle titling agencies, and law enforcement could not detect the vehicles' true
stolen status. The criminal enterprise that was taken down in this investigation was linked to many other types of criminal activity, including major violent crimes. Read more about cloning at www.nicb.org/cps/rde/xbcr/nicb/13734_VehicleCloning_Eng.pdf.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Duh... I wonder why people don't trust politicians?

From Gary Fineout’s The Fine Print blog:

Villalobos State Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, is giving up.

For the last several years Villalobos has tried to push a bill through the Florida Legislature that would have required those who appear before legislative committees to swear to tell the truth.

The legislation was an outgrowth of the contentious 2003 series of special sessions on medical malpractice where the Florida Senate eventually decided to place several officials – including the head of the state’s main malpractice insurer – under oath. Villalobos concluded that the testimony before legislators would change dramatically if everyone who testifies would be put on notice that they could be charged with a crime if they lie. His bill was primarily directed at lobbyists since it exempted legislators from the requirement.

But Villalobos legislation has constantly gotten bogged down. Last year House leaders refused to move his bill beyond one committee.

So Villalobos has decided he won’t file the bill again during his final session.

“I’ve never gotten traction,” said Villalobos.

Villalobos said his inability to get the legislation seriously considered sends a message that lying in the halls of the Florida Legislature is no big deal.

“It says people can go to the Capitol and lie and nothing will happen to them,” said Villalobos.



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