Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
On Thursday, July 29, 2021, at approximately 8:25 a.m., police officers for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Office of the Inspector General arrested a Roselle resident for the possession and sale of fraudulent temporary New Jersey vehicle “Paper Tag” license plates.
Eric Haye, age 28, was arrested at his residence on Georges Place in Roselle after multiple sales of the fraudulent Paper Tags to undercover officers. A search of Haye’s vehicle and residence recovered a printer, cell phone, computer and stock paper.
Haye has been charged with three counts of Forgery in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1a(2), a third-
degree crime; three counts of Possession of False Government Documents in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-2.1d, a fourth-degree crime; and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Forgery in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a and 2C:21-1a(2), a third-degree crime.
Following his arrest, Haye was transported to a Port Authority Police Department facility for processing on the charges. He is scheduled to make his first appearance in Hudson County Central Judicial Processing Court on August 18, 2021.
This undercover investigation, initiated by the PA-OIG and in conjunction with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, is part of an ongoing response to an increase of abuses of temporary license plates that is targeting the sellers of the fraudulent Paper Tags.
The use of fraudulent Paper Tags has become a common recourse for criminals looking to mask their identities. Current investigations of drug-traffickers, terrorists, gang members and organized theft rings have all seen a rise in the use of these fraudulent Paper Tags.
“For anyone looking to sell fake license tags on-line, the message is clear,” said Acting PA-OIG Inspector General Michael Farbiarz. “The ‘customer’ you think you’re dealing with could well be a Port Authority Office of the Inspector General undercover officer and instead of making a few bucks, you could end up under arrest. Don’t do it.”
The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C. 3.6(b)(6)