Woman accused of operating long-running scam that sold fake temporary tags in Harris County

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A woman accused of selling fake license plate tags faces multiple felony charges in Harris County, according to deputies.

The video above is from a previous report on the problem of fraudulent paper plate tags in Harris County.

Harris County Constable Precinct 5 deputies said they arrested 37-year-old Tina Marie Jimenez on Thursday for selling the temporary tags for profit.

Officials said her arrest came after an 18-month investigation and was part of the Harris County Toll Road Authority's ongoing "Tag You're It" fictitious temporary tag enforcement campaign.

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Pct. 5 said Jimenez was identified as the prime suspect in a long-running scam that produced and sold fake temporary tags out of her vehicle titling, insurance, and tax service business.

Jimenez was charged with unauthorized reproduction and sale of a temporary tag and money laundering, which are felony charges.

Investigators said the offense may have involved at least $35,000 in alleged laundered funds and toll violations.

At the time of her arrest, Jimenez was allegedly on probation on felony charges of a third drunk driving conviction over a 10-year period.

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