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Thursday, December 11, 2008

FLORIDA USED CAR DEALERS ARRESTED, SERGIY ZHELEZNYAK IN SARASOTA AND ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD IN MIAMI, STOLEN CARS TO RUSSIA AND MIDDLE EAST, VIN SWITCHING

VIN Switching: The Ultimate Alias for Auto Theft.

Sarasota used car dealer Sergiy Zheleznyak had obtained 36 phony car titles for nonexistant vehicles, late model vehicles such as six 2009 Mercedes Benz sedans, two 2008 BMW's, and an assortment of 2008 and 2009 Honda Accords, Accra's and Toyota's.
Sergiy Zheleznyak runs MS Auto a small used car/body shop in North Port Fl, there is no possible way he could have actually paid cash for almost $1 Million in late model luxury vehicles.

Sergiy Zheleznyak was obtaining the phony titles on the non-existant vehicles from the Sarasota County Tag office for his associate Alexksandr Mikhaylov in New York City. "Auto Body Repairs and Painting" MS Auto is also listed as body shop repairs and painting in local phone listings.

Sergiy Zheleznyak, as MS Auto, was going to receive $100 each for the phony titles from Alexksandr Mikhaylov in New York City as Mr. Mikhaylov needed the new titles to ship vehicles matching the description (stolen possibly) to Russia. All of the supposed 36 vehicles that Sergiy Zheleznyak registered in Sarasota were new, full size sedans, SUV's and pick-up trucks with 5 to 50 miles listed on the odometer, with no lien holders, free and clear, but of course they did not ever exist in Sarasota, on paper only, but in New York City that is a different story. 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.


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 of possible 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.

In Miami Fl, we have used car dealer Ali Hassan Hammoud, who was arrested in July 2008 for attempting to steal $5.7 Million from the State of Florida. Ali Hassan Hammoud operated his chop shop under the name of Germanco Auto Parts, also as Germanco Parts Depot Inc, and as Germanco Auto Sales Inc, all linked to the 9741 NW 27th Ave address of "Zamaiss Import Export Inc." as seen in the story below. Ali Hassan Hammoud also appears to be linked to a second Florida car business that appears to have been exporting stolen used cars to Africa and selling the vehicles with altered VIN's.

During the last 30 days I have received phone calls from around the State of Florida in regards to phony Bank Checks (Cashier Checks) that Ali Hassan Hammoud had written on his "Zamaiss Import Export" account at Regions Bank (current ballance, negative $1,405) to the tune of about $900,000, which is not recoverable. The $900,000 was for cars, trucks and over the road vehicles for shipment to the Middle East.

SEE MY PRIOR POST ON ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD, Monday, September 08, 2008, ARROGANT MIAMI FBI AGENT BLOWS OFF INFO ON MUSLIM USED CAR DEALER ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD WHO STOLE MILLIONS FROM STATE OF FLORIDA & WIRED CASH TO BEIRUT

Hammoud, a native of Lebanon who lives in Miramar, was arrested Friday July 24th 2008 at Miami International Airport by FBI agents arrest as he was attempting to fly to Beirut. Muslim used car dealer Ali Hassan Hammoud was able to steal $5.7 Million from the State of Florida and wire transferred at least $3 Million to Beirut Lebanon (can you say "Hezbollah"). The State sent money intended for Anderson Columbia Co. Inc. to an account Hammoud had opened at Regions Bank in Miami in the name of the Lake City-based contractor, FBI Special Agent Zachary Coates wrote in a sworn statement. The State made four electronic cash transfers totaling about $5.7 million to the bogus account July 21-22, according to statements. About $3.8 million was transferred to a second Regions account Hammoud opened in the name of Zamaiss Import Export Inc. (used car export) and then withdrawn through a variety of means including international wire transfers, all during the same two days. That left a negative balance of $1,405 in the Zamaiss account.

Hezbollah has been involved in the stolen car racket to support terrorism for years, Hezbollah theft rings have stolen luxury cars in Canada and sent them to Lebanon for use by senior Hezbollah officials.

Muslim Used Car Dealer Ali Hassan Hammoud was deeply involved in the stolen car rackets see below, he was scheduled for Court, July 31st, just prior to his trying to flee the Country;

State Case#: 132006CF001421B000XX
Name: HAMMOUD, ALI
DOB: 12/20/1972
Date Filed: 01/15/2006
Date Closed: OPEN
Warrant Type: Felony
Hearing Date: 07/31/2008Previous
Case: F06001427
Charge ...Type... Disposition
CHOP SHOP/OPERATE.............................. FELONY
GRAND THEFT AUTO/3D/VEHICLE......... FELONY
GRAND THEFT AUTO/3D/VEHICLE......... FELONY
GRAND THEFT AUTO/3D/VEHICLE......... FELONY
GRAND THEFT AUTO/3D/VEHICLE .........FELONY
Dade County Clerk Records-Criminal Case-Ali Hassan Hammoud
Case ................Filed date .......Closed Date ................First Charge
F06001421B ....01/15/2006.........OPEN.........CHOPSHOP/OPERATE
F06001432 ......01/14/2006..........OPEN ........GRAND THEFT AUTO 2NDDEG
M06002336 .....01/15/2006 ....10/04/2006.....BUSINESS W/OLIC
F06001427 ......01/15/2006 .....02/13/2006 ...CHOP SHOP/OPERATE

On or about August 8th, 2008 I received a phone call from a Miami body shop owner who claimed he had also been a victim of Ali Hassan Hammoud, Hammoud had used his State of Florida used car license (with his approval) to purchase used cars from CoPart, but the supposed Certified Checks that Ali Hassan Hammoud presented to CoPart for the vehicles were forgeries and the Miami body shop owner is now on the hook for thousands of dollars as it was his license used to purchase the cars.

Copart auctions used and salvage vehicles to auto parts dismantlers, rebuilders, used car dealers, wrecking yards, and the public for insurance and rental car companies and manufacturers. Ali Hassan Hammoud could not purchase used cars as a dealer in the State of Florida as his license had been revoked, something about all those stolen car charges and operating a Chop Shop.

Ali Hassan Hammoud was more than likely sending stolen vehicles out of the country after switching the VIN's from the Copart auction cars to the stolen cars and then via the Port of Miami to the Middle East through his Zamaiss Import Export company.


Bill Warner
Private Investigator
WBI Inc Private Detective Agency
Phone 941-926-1926