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Updated: 10/24/2013 1:38 pm
LAS VEGAS — Investigators from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department today arrested a vehicle registration service owner on multiple charges relating to vehicle title fraud.

Ana Carolina Ojeda, 43, of Las Vegas is the owner of DMV Cervicio Express at 3605 Vegas Dr., Suite A in Las Vegas. Ojeda was arrested at about 1 p.m. at the Sahara DMV office and booked into the Clark County Detention Center. Search warrants are being executed at DMV Cervicio Express and two other locations as the investigation continues.

DMV investigators allege Ojeda falsified documents that enabled two illegal transfers of vehicle ownership on April 17. Ojeda allegedly completed an Application for Duplicate Title on a 1996 Ford Taurus that included a forged signature from the vehicle owner, a forged signature from a DMV technician and a stolen or forged DMV validation stamp.

Ojeda also allegedly completed an Application for Duplicate Title and a Bill of Sale on a 1999 Ford Explorer that included forged signatures of the vehicle owner and a forged stamp and signature from an actual Nevada Notary Public.

A runner for DMV Cervicio Express presented both transactions for processing at the Henderson DMV branch the same day. A technician in the title office at the branch alerted the DMV Compliance Enforcement Division, which opened the investigation.

The Nevada attorney general’s office later brought in Metro. Officers completed several undercover transactions with Ojeda and filed a separate list of charges. All charges are being combined into one case that will be prosecuted by the attorney general.

Ojeda faces a total of 13 felony and two gross misdemeanor charges.

All felony charges carry a minimum prison term of 1 year. The charge of obtaining and using personal identifying information of another for an unlawful purpose carries a sentence of three to twenty years in prison, restitution and a fine of up to $100,000.

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