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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Monsey - Car Dealer Accused of Using Phony License Plate

A Monsey car dealer has been arrested on a felony fraud charge accusing him of assigning a duplicated temporary Vermont license plate to a vehicle sold by his business, the Rockland Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Yoel Goldberg, 47, owner of Leaseland Auto Leasing at 71 Route 59, was arrested after a mounted officer became suspicious of an outdated Vermont temporary license plate parked at Rockland Community College, Sheriff Louis Falco said.

The officer found the plate was fraudulent, Falco said.

Officers searched Leaseland Auto Leasing and found an additional copy of the license plate, Falco said.

A message left for Goldberg at his business Wednesday was not immediately returned.

Goldberg, of 16 Bedford Court, Spring Valley, was charge with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was arraigned in Ramapo Justice Court following his arrest in late January and released on $450 bail.

Falco said the Sheriff’s Office was continuing its investigate the dealership.

“We’re working with a number of jurisdictions, including the state police,” Falco said. “This could be a little bigger than what we recovered here.”

Anyone with information on receiving a temporary Vermont license plate can call the Sheriff’s Department at 845-638-5401.

By Steve Lieberman - Lohud

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