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Man Tries to Fool DMV With Fake Tax Stamp

Man owes Naugatuck back taxes and used a fake 'paid' stamp on his paperwork for DMV.

 

NAUGATUCK – A local man wanted desperately to get his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle registered but knew that some outstanding tax bills stood in his way. So, he took matters into his own hands.  

Rather than trying to pay his bills, which is required to register a car, the man made a fake rubber stamp in an attempt to replicate the official stamp from the Naugatuck tax office. He stamped paperwork which would have proven he had paid his taxes in full. He also added the initials of borough Tax Collector Jim Goggin.

The scam might have worked if not for an alert employee at the Department of Motor Vehicles who noticed the tax stamp looked a little odd.

“She asked it we changed our stamp because it was far from the one we use,” Goggin explained.

The borough's stamp has the words "Naugatuck Motor Vehicle Tax Paid 088" written on four flat lines. The man's fake stamp had "Motor Vehicle Tax Paid" written on the perimeter of a circle with the number 088 - Naugatuck's tax code - in the middle.

When notified of the situation, Naugatuck officials pulled the man’s name -- 32-year-old Charles Baldino --  and noticed he had $1,158 in back taxes owed to the borough. They have submitted information to the Naugatuck Police Department’s detective bureau, which is investigating Baldino's actions.

Asked whether he’d seen anything like this before, Goggin laughed. “This is definitely a first,” he said.

SILENT WOLF September 07, 2012 at 12:30 PM
They'll try anything,Wouldn't this come under the same as trying to pass counterfeit money, and having to be the same person who made it ? You could be looking at time here .
g September 07, 2012 at 01:48 PM
...and we thought everyone at the dmv were just overpaid robots...
brutus September 07, 2012 at 01:52 PM
not that I condone breaking the law, and this guy should be face the consequences, but perhaps this wouldn't have happened if our mill rate was so exorbitantly high or even better, if we just didn't have the completely ridiculous motor vehicle tax.
Eric September 07, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I agree!
Tax Man September 07, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Didn't we start a CT income tax to do away with some of these taxes? Then again the more they tax the more they spend and then have to tax more to then spend even more. Its amazing that other states can get by without all the extra taxation, then again they are mostly right to work states. . I would expect our roads to be paved with gold.
SKID September 08, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Perfect... Now I know the exact stamp to make
Gumby September 08, 2012 at 10:46 PM
IF you registered a car today and paid the taxes then sold the car tomorrow to me I would have to pay the taxes again. Why is that?
Gumby September 09, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Just like CT when they started a state lottery to pay for education lol

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