January 10, 2011
Revenue's Criminal Investigation Bureau Helps Nab Forger of Motor Vehicle Documents
JEFFERSON CITY - An investigation by the Missouri Department of Revenue's Criminal Investigation Bureau has resulted in the arrest of a Kansas City man who is charged with receiving money for submitting fraudulent motor vehicle documents to the Department on behalf of vehicle purchasers to reduce their sales tax liability.
Nathaniel J. Wiley, 30, was arrested in late December on four felony counts of forgery. He is free on $5,000 bond.
Wiley is charged with fabricating state of Kansas bills of sale in order for the title applicant to claim a sales tax credit on the fraudulent sale, and altering title applications in order to show a fictitious trade-in. These transactions resulted in reduced sales taxes for the owners of the vehicles for which the false documents were submitted.
"I applaud the efforts of our Criminal Investigation Bureau in breaking this case," said Alana M. Barragán-Scott, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. "The bureau worked with the license office agents and local law enforcement personnel to put an end to this forgery scheme."
The forged bills of sale were submitted at the Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown and Sugar Creek license offices. An estimated $188,055 in unpaid local and state sales taxes and title penalties were lost in connection with the charges filed against Wiley and other related cases. Letters requiring payment of the unpaid taxes will be mailed to customers involved with the transactions. Vehicle owners who fail to respond to the letter could face legal penalties and cancellation of the vehicle's license plates.
As in all criminal cases, the charges against the defendant are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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