Posted October 03, 2018 07:08:01 The ex-agent, who worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for 16 years, has been charged with one count of mail fraud and two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property.
According to court documents obtained by CNN, the suspect sold stolen plates to an Arizona-based company that was “not licensed to operate a vehicle,” and that the plates were later returned to him by the vehicle’s owner.
The owner of the car is not named in the documents.
According to CNN, investigators discovered that the plate was stolen from a vehicle in Mesa, Arizona, on April 6.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for the man’s home and seized hundreds of stolen plate images, which they say were “marked with a blue ‘fraudulent license plate.'”
The suspect allegedly sold the stolen plates “through a website that sold stolen license plate holder plates.”
According to the complaint, the man, who is in his 30s, is in the process of filing a motion to suppress the evidence.
“He is hoping that this is the end of his legal troubles,” the complaint says.
“He wants the evidence to be destroyed.”
In a statement, ATF spokesman Brian Wimes said, “The ATF takes frauds of any type seriously and has an established process for handling such cases.”
He added that the agency “has launched an internal investigation into the matter and will be providing further information as appropriate.”
The Arizona law enforcement agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.