Adesina Olabegi (Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Office)
Shirley Anderson (Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Office)
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Rankin County authorities say a plot to cash in on car tags has resulted in criminal charges for a Jackson man and woman.
Adesina Olabegi, 34, and his girlfriend, Shirley Anderson, 29, were both arrested and charged with false representation to defraud government. The pair is accused of buying at least 270 car tags and selling them at a higher price to people in another state.
"The suspects had stacks and stacks of title applications," Sheriff Bryan Bailey said.
Bailey said people in on the scheme in New York took photos of the VIN numbers of cars, sent them to Olagbegi and he filled out title applications. Olagbegi allegedly brought those applications to one of the three tax collector's offices in the county over a 13-month period.
It's unknown how much cash was generated from the operation. The tag fees ranged from $32 to more than $300.
Rankin County officials began to catch on when they kept seeing title applications for the same address -- a mobile home in the county. The home is occupied. A Mississippi News Now crew knocked on the door but no one answered.
Both suspects have posted bond.
Our crew tried to visit Olagbegi at his business, Shyne Automotive on Gordon Street in Jackson. It's one of several locations for the business. The front of the shop has a different name. Workers said Olagbegi used to have a car lot there but pulled out a few months ago.
"I talked to him one day, the day after it happened I think it was," a worker said.
The worker directed us to the phone number for Shyne, which was painted on the side of the building. No one answered the phone, and the mailbox was full.
The FBI helped in the investigation, but the charges will be brought by the State of Mississippi.
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