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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

UPDATE; Support Of Terrorism Via Vehicle Theft To Be Curtailed As National Motor Vehicle Title VIN Information System Goes Mandatory Jan 2010 (STOP VIN CLONING)

Support Of Terrorism Via Vehicle Theft To Be Curtailed As National Motor Vehicle Title VIN Information System Goes Mandatory Jan 2010 (STOP VIN CLONING)


The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS - a DOJ information system) went into into effect in JAN 2010 for all 50 sSates. The system designed to provide states with the ability and reliably verify the titling, theft, and damage history of a motor vehicle before a new title is issued - and would have a significant effect on auto theft and the exportation of "hot" cars to the Middle East in support of terrorism.

The NMVTIS had a meeting with the DEPARTMENT OF jUSTICE (DOJ) and the FBI Major Theft Unit to encourage all 50 States to participate in the ID program , which finally took effect in Jan 2010.
Bill Warner points out in an email that before NMVTIS, a thief could steal a car, then take it over the state line and get a valid title by presenting fraudulent ownership documentation. Alternatively, the thief could steal a car, switch the VIN plate for one from a junked car, and get a valid title for the stolen car. These activities were possible because the states had no instant, reliable way of validating the information on the ownership documentation prior to issuing the new title.

There were two glaring examples of auto registration fraud in Sarasota and Miami Fl during 2008, see 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.

These techniques, which exploited the fact that state title information systems were not connected to one another, was a way to pave the way for major crimes that can impact a state, a region, or the nation - and terrorism related to car theft and title fraud.

According to Interpol, vehicle crime is a highly organized criminal activity affecting the whole world. It has been clearly established that it is often linked to organized crime and terrorism. The vehicles are not only stolen for their own sake; sometimes they are trafficked to finance other crimes. They can also be used as bomb carriers or in the perpetration of other crimes.
JAN 26TH, 2010, More suicide car bombings kill in Iraq, Baghdad car bombings on the rise, A suicide car bomber killed at least 18 and injured dozens more Tuesday in a strike against a police crime lab in central Baghdad, a day after several hotels were hit by suicide attacks, officials said.  Officials say the majority of those killed were likely police officers who worked in the forensic investigation office at Tahariyat Square in the central neighbourhood of Karradah. At least 82 people were reported injured.   This week's bombings - all against prominent and heavily fortified targets - dealt yet another blow to the image of an Iraqi government struggling to answer for security lapses that have allowed bombers to carry out a number of massive attacks in the heart of the capital since August 2009.  The office targeted in the attack mainly deals with data collected during criminal investigations, including fingerprints and other pieces of evidence. The office is located next to the Interior Ministry's major crimes office, which deals with terrorism cases.


As police and insurance investigators have reported, terrorists are using profits from the theft of automobiles to finance their deadly activities:  Some vehicles stolen in North America are turning up in war zones including Iraq, where they can be used by suicide bombers, said Lieut. Greg Terp of the Miami-Dade police department.


"They assimilate into the green-zone [in Baghdad], into the American zone. They look like the American cars being utilized and they are being used against our own troops," said Terp, who is also the director of the committee, a group battling the exportation of stolen vehicles.
Terp pointed to a 2004 discovery of a factory in Fallujah in Iraq, where an CHEVROLET SUBURBAN SUV registered in Texas was being fitted with explosives.


Law enforcement to create lists of vehicles, by junk yard, salvage yard, or insurance carrier that are reported as junk or salvage. The Anti-Car Theft Improvements Act of 1996 requires junk yards, salvage yards, and insurance carriers to report monthly to NMVTIS on all junk and salvage vehicles obtained. Law enforcement's inquiries will allow it to use NMVTIS to further its investigations of vehicle theft and fraud.

The ability to disguise or clone a VIN number is particularly appealing to terrorist organizations. The first World Trade Center bombing, the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bombing, and other incidents have been directly or indirectly solved by tracing VINs. Had these terrorists used a cloned VIN, the crimes may have been exponentially more difficult to solve or perhaps impossible.



The ability to disguise or clone a VIN number is particularly appealing to terrorist organizations. The first World Trade Center bombing, the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bombing, and other incidents have been directly or indirectly solved by tracing VINs. Had these terrorists used a cloned VIN, the crimes may have been exponentially more difficult to solve or perhaps impossible.


RELATED:
Cars stolen in US used in suicide attacks

US car theft rings probed for ties to Iraq bombing


Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.