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.