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I found a car this morning with a "swapped" inspection sticker. The VIN on the sticker didn't match the VIN on the vehicle it was attached to. It came from another vehicle owned by the same person. The plates were revo/insc, registered owner suspended, warrant, etc...

However, it looks like the only violation regarding the sticker is 90-20.
90-24B wouldn't apply because the sticker wasn't forged or altered. Has anyone had any luck charging these another way? if not, maybe the legislature should make it a crime - like attaching plates.
 

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I would argue that it was altered, It was originally affixed to vehicle A the jerk then removes (alters) it and puts it on Vehicle B, to conceal the fact that he is in viol of C.90 S.20


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Screwing with GOD's paperwork (as Capt. Cardalino puts it) is a big no no. His ass is sucking canal water. 90-24B should have been added.
 

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If the sticker is issued to the owner of the vehicle you stopped, I would consider as Gil stated c90 s24B, since is was altered (as SPDFITZ stated). If the sticker does not belong to him however, you can also go with receiving stolen property.
 

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I had one this morning, windshield replacement. I could not read the VIN on the sticker because it was pulled off but later found out it was the same VIN, just a different plate and owner.

The plate and the registered owner where different. So this girl buys a junker, had the windshield replaced and put the old owners sticker back on.

It's borderline I think but where the sticker was not issued to the current owner and was re-affixed after she took possession of it I went ahead and charged her with the 90/24B.

Normally I would just cite 90/20 no inspection sticker but like I said she put it back on (or had the garage put it back on)

Ripped the sticker and summonsed her.

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Brian823 said:
I found a car this morning with a "swapped" inspection sticker. The VIN on the sticker didn't match the VIN on the vehicle it was attached to. It came from another vehicle owned by the same person.
"Section 24B. Whoever falsely makes, steals, alters, forges or counterfeits or procures or assists another to falsely make, steal, alter, forge or counterfeit a learner's permit, a license to operate motor vehicles, an identification card issued under section eight E, a certificate of registration of a motor vehicle or trailer, or an inspection sticker,"

"or whoever has in his possession, or utters, publishes as true or in any way makes use of"

http://www.state.ma.us/legis/laws/mgl/90-24b.htm

Definition: \Pro*cure"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Procured}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Procuring}.] [F. procurer, L. procurare, procuratum,
to take care of; pro for + curare to take care, fr. cura
care. See {Cure}, and cf. {Proctor}, {Proxy}.]
1. To bring into possession; to cause to accrue to, or to
come into possession of; to acquire or provide for one's
self or for another; to gain; to get; to obtain by any
means, as by purchase or loan.
 

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Gil said:
It's borderline I think but where the sticker was not issued to the current owner and was re-affixed after she took possession of it I went ahead and charged her with the 90/24B.

Normally I would just cite 90/20 no inspection sticker but like I said she put it back on (or had the garage put it back on)

Ripped the sticker and summonsed her.

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I think it is borderline too. She'll just get a small fine if anything. An actual fake sticker up my way only gets a $500 fine. :2c:
 

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BartPD wrote:

I think it is borderline too. She'll just get a small fine if anything. An actual fake sticker up my way only gets a $500 fine.

There's no justice like North Shore justice! :roll: O.k., maybe South Shore justice...
 

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Call me a softie!

I only rip for the altered sticker felony when it's clearly been tampered with, or different VIN. I've gotten excited by too many SWAP plate or windshield replacement scenarios. So I like to go slow and look at totality of circumstances

That's my opinion. You go Gil!
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The key word in the language of 90-24B is "altered". Once the VIN's don't match, it's altered from it's original state. They only get a fine in the Worcester area as well. But I summons all of them. If they want to be sleazy and swap stickers around, don't feel bad about sending them to court to explain their actions.

I've gotten some pretty good (bad) actual forgeries that I've kept for display/court purposes.
 

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inspection sticker swap

The key word in the language of 90-24B is "altered". Once the VIN's don't match, it's altered from it's original state.
As far as the sticker being -altered- there is absolutely no change to the sticker -only "un-sticking" it from one windshield and sticking it on another. Would this still qualify as "altered?"

The vin on the sticker came back to the registered owner of the vehicle - only it was supposed to be affixed to another vehicle. I think what happened is that he sold the other vehicle and peeled the sticker off for use on his new vehicle.

I've heard that tow truck owners sometimes change out rear windows because of some sticker (DPU maybe) that's required for the back window of tow trucks. If they replace a tow truck, they move the window to the new truck - cheaper than getting one of these stickers.
 

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I would argue 24B could be used as follows ( refer to c90 sec24B)

A party who procures an inspection sticker to be made for one vehicle and in turn uses it on another has caused the sticker to be falsely made and by displaying it on the second vehicle is uttering it to be true and is making use of the falsely made sticker.


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Sorry Gil, Just re-read thru the posts and saw that you already said what I just did.
 

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BartPD said:
I think it is borderline too. She'll just get a small fine if anything. An actual fake sticker up my way only gets a $500 fine. :2c:
$500?!?!?!?! I was getting 4-5 fake stickers a week and almost all of them were dismissed with court costs (usually $50.) :roll:
 

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Re: inspection sticker swap

Brian823 said:
The key word in the language of 90-24B is "altered". Once the VIN's don't match, it's altered from it's original state.
The vin on the sticker came back to the registered owner of the vehicle - only it was supposed to be affixed to another vehicle.

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Brian,

It's a done deal! FELONY!
 

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I like it... these people deserve to get whacked with something more than a CMVI. However, I would probably recommend citing in this instance - instead of arresting. (better safe than sorry).

The "best" fake inspection sticker I've seen was made with crayons and taped to the window. I was laughing so hard, I couldn't bring myself to charge the guy.
 
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I like it... It should be a 90-24B 5 year felony. The "best" fake inspection sticker I've seen was made with crayons and taped to the window. Red border with a black 4. I was laughing so hard, I couldn't bring myself to charge the guy.
So you let the guy go for a Felony? Not even a bang for $500? I bet he was laughing harder than you, you clown!

Where the HELL do you work?
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