Three charged in BMV scam

INDIANAPOLIS -- Three people are facing charges in connection with an Indiana BMV car title scam.

A U.S Attorney said the group used mechanic's liens to steal cars from banks.

One of the those charged is an Indiana BMV employee.

Officials said Leeann Rinehart, 56, provided information about the legitimate lien holders for nearly 300 vehicles.

Joseph Woodruff, 58, and his 28 year old daughter, Nisha are also facing fraud and conspiracy charges.

"These are not victimless crimes. Far from it," said U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett. "These individuals were responsible for operating their own personal BMV on the streets of Indianapolis."

There may be further court action to recover some of those vehicles with the new titles.

All three could face anywhere from five to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

The trio is due in court Dec. 18.

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