HERALD TRIBUNE- SARASOTA COUNTY -- A man has been jailed and accused of filling out false vehicle titles so he could send cars to Russia. The man, Sergiy Zheleznyak, owned a North Port car lot, (MS Autos Inc.), and working for an associate in New York, he filed the fraudulent certificate of origin, paperwork, that acts as documentation for new vehicles. He received titles in the name of his dealership, MS Autos Inc, according to an arrest report, then he was paid by his associate Alexksandr Mikhaylov in New York City $100 (each) for the phony titles which he sent to New York City were his associate Alexksandr Mikhaylov then "Re-VIN'd" stolen cars that matched the description of the phony titles and supposedly shipped the stolen cars overseas (Russia). see http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20081205/article/812050295
Employees at the Sarasota County Tax Collector's Office identified Sergiy Zheleznyak as the man who filled out 36 fake title applications. Sergiy Zheleznyak, 38, has been charged with 36 counts of title fraud, a felony. Why would you would need "clean titles" to ship the thirty six "2008 and 2009" new cars to Russia, are the vehicles "hot", are the VIN's switched which would require a different title with a new matching VIN ? The 36 re-titled cars would have a street value of well over $1 Million, there were 2009 Mercedes Benz's, BMW's , Sedans, SUV's,and 2008 Ford F-150 pick-ups all with odometer readings of 5 to 50 miles, almost all black in color and no lien holders and all of them did not exist, in Sarasota FL ! One example is a 2009 Mercedes Benz SUV, black in color with no lein holders, it's VIN number was 4JGBB77E89A449443 AND IT HAD 5 MILES LISTED ON THE ODOMETER. Sergiy V. Zheleznyak owned MS Autos in North Port which is also a body shop. It appears that Sergiy Zheleznyak's wife now runs BEST AUTOS in Sarasota and I still get calls from people who have had problems with this guy till today.
Was the 'Contact" Person in New York State arrested ? Who are the contact people at the Port in Russia ? Where there any connections to the "Russian Mob" as the illegal shipping of vehicles out of the USA for resale in Russia (and other locale) has been a signature crime of the Russian Mob for years. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recovered a 2008 Porsche and a 2008 Hummer at the Port of Baltimore on March 31. Both were reported stolen from Illinois and were bound for Russia, CBP said.
Who, What, Where, basic questions the Sarasota Herald newspaper does not appear to ask, this international used car fraud operation originating in Sarasota was not a one man job. Why is the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) handling an auto export case (supposedly shipped out of New York City area docks) as the only investigating agency, so far ? This is a Federal case if the vehicles are shipped out of the USA, the Bureau of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be handling the case. see see http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20081205/article/812050295
VIN Switching: The Ultimate Alias for Auto Theft, a technique used by thieves to disguise the identity of a stolen vehicle. They will replace the VIN on a stolen vehicle with a VIN that is not associated with an active theft record. The vehicle thief will then try to resell the stolen car to an unsuspecting customer, or ship the vehicle out of the country. In addition to manually switching the VIN, some VIN switchers will also develop fraudulent titles and registrations to go along with the vehicle.
It appears that Alexksandr Mikhaylov had a shopping list for stolen cars in New York City that he needed phony titles from Sergiy Zheleznyak in Sarasota in order to ship his cars out of the docks of New York and New Jersey, (past U.S. Customs and Border Protection), to Russia and re-sell his $1 Million inventory.
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