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Authorities Search for Suspect in Auto Scam

Authorities Search for Suspect in Auto Scam

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(KSL News) -- State regulators are looking for a Salt Lake County man suspected of scamming car buyers.

Investigators with the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division are looking for 42-year old Larry Simper.

Officers were searching for stolen cars early this morning and found three high-end cars at one apartment complex. Investigators believe the cars figured in an elebaorate scheme in which a con artist takes the vehicle identification number from junked cars, then puts them on stolen cars and sells them.

Authorities Search for Suspect in Auto Scam

Jodi Monaco, Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division: "Often times they're traded in the drug market. They're traded in Mexico or Eastern Europe. Sometimes they're parted out and the parts are sold. There's a lot of profit in this industry. That's why we're out here every day catching these guys."

The Motor Vehicle Division cautions that you should be careful when buying a car in a private sale because it's relatively easy for the seller to give false information. Also, check the VIN plates because some counterfeits are relatively easy to spot.

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