Port Authority police bust man for selling fraudulent temporary N.J. license plates

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The Port Authority Police Department busted a man for selling fraudulent temporary New Jersey license plates and he is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Hudson County next month.

Eric Haye. Photo courtesy of the Port Authority Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 8:25 a.m., police officers for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Office of the Inspector General arrested a Roselle resident for the
possession and sale of fraudulent temporary New Jersey vehicle “Paper Tag” license plates, officials said.

Eric Haye, 28, was arrested at his residence on Georges Place in Roselle after multiple sales
of the fraudulent Paper Tags to undercover officers. A search of Haye’s vehicle and residence recovered a printer, cell phone, computer and stock paper.

Haye has been charged with three counts of forgery, three counts of possession of false government documents, and one count of conspiracy to commit forgery.

Following his arrest, Haye was transported to a Port Authority Police Department facility for
processing on the charges. He is scheduled to make his first appearance in Hudson County Central Judicial Processing Court on August 18th.

The undercover investigation, initiated by the PA-OIG and in conjunction with the Hudson
County Prosecutor’s Office, is part of an ongoing response to an increase of abuses of temporary license plates that is targeting the sellers of the fraudulent Paper Tags.

The use of fraudulent Paper Tags has become a common recourse for criminals looking to mask their identities. Current investigations of drug traffickers, terrorists, gang members and organized theft rings have all seen a rise in the use of these fraudulent Paper Tags.

“For anyone looking to sell fake license tags online, the message is clear,”Acting PA-OIG Inspector General Michael Farbiarz said in a statement.

“The ‘customer’ you think you’re dealing with could well be a Port Authority Office of the Inspector General undercover officer and instead of making a few bucks, you could end up under arrest. Don’t do it.”

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