Louisiana Man Sentenced for Stealing Vehicles from a Mississippi Auto Dealership and Selling them Using Falsified VINs and Registration Information

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Published February 24, 2023

Louisiana Man Sentenced for Stealing Vehicles from a Mississippi Auto Dealership and Selling them Using Falsified VINs and Registration Information

New Orleans, Louisiana – A Louisiana man has been sentenced for stealing vehicles from a Mississippi auto dealership and selling them using falsified VINs and registration information.

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Jonathan Bush (“Bush”), age 35, of New Orleans, Louisiana was sentenced on February 16, 2023, for conspiring to transport and sell stolen vehicles in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.

Court documents show that Bush and his associates stole cars from car dealerships and rental car facilities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and George. After the cars were stolen, Bush and his associates would retitle them with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles using false Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINS). The defendants would resale the cars at a discount to purchasers in the New Orleans metro area after they were retitled and cloned with false VINS.

U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown sentenced Bush to 60 months in prison, followed by three (3) years of supervised release, and levied a $100 obligatory special assessment charge. In addition, the Court scheduled a restitution hearing in this case for April 20, 2023.

U.S. Attorney Evans applauded the investigation efforts of the Department of Homeland Security, the Louisiana State Police, the D’Iberville Police Department, and the New Orleans Police Department. The prosecution is led by Assistant United States Attorneys Spiro G. Latsis and Jon Maestri of the General Crimes Section.