Vehicle Registration Office Owner Arrested
(KXNT, LAS VEGAS)–State investigators have arrested the owner of a vehicle registration service on title fraud charges.
State DMV and Metro Police in Las Vegas have arrested 43-year-old Ana Carolina Ojeda of Las Vegas on multiple charges relating to vehicle title fraud.
A statement from Nevada officials says that Ojeda, the owner of DMV Cervicio Express at 3605 Vegas Dr. was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and that search warrants are being executed at DMV Cervicio Express and two other locations as the investigation continues.
She is accused of falsifying documents that enabled two illegal transfers of vehicle ownership in April of this year. She allegedly completed an application for a duplicate title for a Ford that included a forged signature from the vehicle owner, a forged signature from a DMV technician and a stolen or forged DMV validation stamp.
Ojeda also allegedly completed an Application for Duplicate Title and a Bill of Sale on a second vehicle that included forged signatures of the vehicle owner and a forged stamp and signature from an actual Nevada Notary Public.
Kevin Malone of DMV tells KXNT that a runner for DMV Cervicio Express presented both transactions for processing at the Henderson DMV branch the same day. A technician in the title office at the branch alerted the DMV Compliance Enforcement Division, which opened the investigation.
LVMPD officers completed several undercover transactions with Ojeda and filed a separate list of charges. All charges are being combined into one case that will be prosecuted by the Attorney General.
Ojeda faces a total of 15 Felony and Gross Misdemeanor charges.
DMV says all felony charges carry a minimum prison term of 1 year. The charge of obtaining and using personal identifying information of another for an unlawful purpose carries a sentence of three to twenty years in prison, restitution and a fine of up to $100,000.