JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown man is facing felony charges following an investigation into fake license plates.
City of Jamestown Police say 22-year-old Jonathan Camacho-Monge was taken into custody on Monday and charged with felony criminal possession of a forged instrument following a months long investigation.
In mid-October investigators noticed multiple vehicles in the Jamestown area that were bearing Texas Temporary License plates. The State Department of Motor Vehicles alerted officers that the plates were fictitious and not legal in New York.
The temporary tags, police report, are purchased from an online seller for a fixed price for a month-to-month use. The tags hold the name of a small car dealer in Texas: Kasniels Auto.
The dealer, police explain, are selling thousands of the tags per day at a large profit and allowing its buyers to benefit from not paying registration, inspection, tolls, and insurance in the states they are being used.
So far, police have sized a 2016 Buick Verano with the illegal license plate. Detectives are searching for several other vehicles including a black 2005 Infinity G35 and a black 2006 BMW 530.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Jamestown Police at (716) 483-7537 or anonymously via at 483-TIPS (8477).
Additionally, officers say 25-year-old Cheyanna Wright was charged with obstructing governmental administration while allegedly attempting to stop officers from arresting Camacho-Monge.