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Tax collector employees detect stolen car valued at $76k  (Published 12-21-2017)

A 2016 Range Rover valued at $76,000 that a customer was attempting to register and title in Florida for the first time was detected as being stolen by an alert employee and office manager at the Manatee County Tax Collector's North River branch in Ellenton.

The vehicle is what is called a "cloned vehicle" - a vehicle that is stolen and the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the vehicle and the VIN on the title paperwork are changed, ensuring that the VIN does not appear in national stolen vehicle databases. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office seized the vehicle and is now conducting an investigation.

"There may be some offices throughout the state of Florida where this transaction might be processed without question," said Tax Collector Ken Burton, Jr. "Fortunately, our employees receive extensive training on DMV fraud-related issues. Plus we have great people working for us who exemplify our core values: Integrity and Respect, Excellence and Accountability, and Customer Focus."

The mission of the Manatee County Tax Collector's Office is to perform our duties with integrity and respect, focusing on innovation and serving with excellence.
Manatee County Tax Collector is a 2011 Governor's Sterling Award Recipient

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