FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2016
Office: (713) 274-8000
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan joined Sheriff Ron Hickman and Billy Frank of Clear Lake Infiniti to help stop a Craigslist scam and help a crime victim.
Socorro Hernandez, a single mother of three, purchased a vehicle from Craigslist for $6,000. She went to the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office to transfer the title, only to find out the vehicle was stolen.
"My office has a Special Investigations Unit to uncover fraud. Chief Bill Smith leads a team by analyzing titles that have been altered or are counterfeit," said Sullivan. "Upon learning of the stolen vehicle, my team discovered it was resold fraudulently to Ms. Hernandez. We immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office to proceed with prosecution."
The Sheriff’s Office contacted Clear Lake Infiniti informing them that the vehicle was recovered. General Manager Billy Frank decided to generously donate the vehicle to Ms. Hernandez. He mentioned, "We’ve been blessed by the community to be able to do things like this and try to make a right out of this wrong." Mr. Frank presented Ms. Hernandez with the title and keys to the donated vehicle.
"I’m proud to have worked with the Sheriff’s Office to help uncover this fraudulent activity and for the outstanding generosity of Clear Lake Infiniti," said Sullivan.
Sullivan also reminds residents when purchasing a used vehicle, to purchase a title check from the TxDMV. Learn more about the service at www.TxDMV.gov.
The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office Automobile Division performs more than 4.5 million automobile transactions in Harris County each year. It also works closely with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to register motor vehicles, collect registration and title fees and distributes them to the proper entities. Learn more about the Automobile Services Division by visiting www.hctax.net.