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Three charged in nationwide scheme to sell hundreds of thousands of fraudulent Texas paper tags

U.S. Attorney’s Office – Southern District of Louisiana, May 26, 2021

HOUSTON – Authorities are searching for two men indicted for using fictitious car dealerships to issue nearly 600,000 automobile paper tags and selling them on the internet without selling any cars, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Lowery.

The charges allege the illegal tags pose a danger to the public and law enforcement because purchasers use them to avoid obtaining registration, safety inspections and liability insurance. They can also allegedly be used to hide their identities from law enforcement.

Houston resident Leidy Areli Hernandez Lopez, 39, is also charged in the scheme. She is in custody and expected to make her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon at 2 p.m.

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