Wisconsin DMV investigator uncovers more than $4 million in fraud
A Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) investigator uncovered a string of fraudulent vehicle titles worth more than $4 million. His efforts were recently recognized with a Fraud Prevention and Detection Award for 2020 from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA).
“DMV’s Investigators are working throughout the state each day to protect Wisconsin consumers purchasing motor vehicles,” DMV Administrator Kristina Boardman said. “It’s an honor to have one of Wisconsin’s DMV investigators recognized for his innovative work uncovering schemes that defraud motorists in Wisconsin and span to other states.”
In spring 2019, Wisconsin DMV noticed a trend of counterfeit replacement Mississippi titles being submitted to Wisconsin DMV Customer Service Centers. The counterfeits were discovered by several different units within DMV and forwarded to DMV’s Field Investigation Unit investigator Joel Ingebrigtson.
Ingebrigtson’s efforts to identify counterfeit documents led to the recovery of 16 stolen vehicles valued at more than $500,000. The total value of the vehicles associated with the 112 fraudulent documents was more than $4 million.
“Joel’s expertise in identifying title and odometer fraud has led to best practices that many investigators across the country now use,” Boardman added.
The WisDOT Dealer and Agent Section licenses and regulates the motor vehicle industry and resolves disputes about dealership sales and warranty repairs. They also investigate complaints about odometer tampering involving dealerships and private sellers.
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