Authorities seize fake vehicle inspection stickers in NYC

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Posted: Oct 09, 2015 8:46 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Custom officials have seized more than 900 fake New York state vehicle Inspection stickers during a luggage examination at Kennedy Airport.

They say the passenger, Luis Jose Cabral, had arrived on a flight from the Dominic Republic.

Officials say 935 counterfeit stickers were found inside the man's sneakers and a photo album. Prosecutors estimated their value at more than $100,000

They say the Dominican immigrant lives in the Bronx. He was arraigned Tuesday on criminal possession of a forged instrument.

The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1P2M5nR ) says his lawyer didn't respond to a request for comment.

Prosecutors say the counterfeit stickers likely were intended for individuals who knew their vehicles wouldn't pass inspection.

If the scheme had succeeded, they say hundreds of unsafe vehicles could have been operating on the streets.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com