Port Authority to eBay and Craigslist: No more fake paper license … – NorthJersey.com

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey sent a letter to eBay and Craigslist requesting that the two websites crack down on the sale of fake paper license plates that the Port Authority says are being used by drivers to avoid paying tolls.
Michael Farbiarz, general counsel for the Port Authority, sent the letter to his counterparts at eBay and Craigslist on July 29.
“… the Port Authority requests that you strongly consider taking immediate action to prevent this criminal activity from taking place on your services, by actively monitoring your platforms for advertisements marketing fake license and registration tags and promptly taking down such ads,” Farbiarz said in the letter.
The letter said that hundreds of listings for these plates are available on each site.
A spokesperson for eBay said in an email Friday afternoon that posts offering the sale of fraudulent plates “will be removed as they are not in line with our government items policy.”
That policy bans the sale of “government, transit or shipping company property such as vehicles, license plates, keys for vehicles, mail bags, company decals and transit documents,” as well as “fake documents, government-issued documents or official certificates or diplomas” on the company’s site.
The Port Authority collects tolls on bridges and tunnels by scanning license plates and routing the charge to the driver.
The letter says that there has been a recent problem of drivers using fake tags on their cars.
“This is unfair to the vast majority of drivers who play by the rules,” the letter stated. “It costs the Port Authority money it needs to safely and efficiently operate its facilities. And it violates the criminal law.”
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On July 29, Port Authority police arrested a Roselle man for allegedly selling fake paper license plates to undercover officers, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation was “part of an ongoing response to an increase of abuses of temporary license plates that is targeting the sellers of the fraudulent paper tags,” the prosecutor’s office said in a press release.
The investigation was initiated by Farbiarz, who is also the acting inspector general of the Port Authority.
“The use of fraudulent Paper Tags has become a common recourse for criminals looking to mask their identities,” the prosecutor’s office said. “Current investigations of drug-traffickers, terrorists, gang members and organized theft rings have all seen a rise in the use of these fraudulent paper tags.”
In the letter, Farbiarz said that the Port Authority would assist both eBay and Craigslist in identifying fake plates for sale on the websites.
Representatives for eBay and Craigslist did not immediately respond to requests from comment.
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