Mother, son, face charges of faking vehicle decals

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Associated Press

Posted on September 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM

GEISMAR, La. (AP) — Ascension Parish authorities say two Geismar residents have been making and selling fake vehicle inspection stickers.

Sheriff's deputies arrested 31-year-old Kelly Williams, and his mother, 61-year-old Alphalia Hernandez Friday on multiple felony forgery charges, The Advocate reports.

Lt. Col Bobby Webre says officers have written more than 100 tickets to people in the Donaldsonville area for bogus stickers over the past six weeks.

An investigation finds that drivers were paying $40 for a fake sticker. Webre says deputies found nearly 140 forged stickers at the Williams residence Friday, in addition to a computer, printer, scanner and $4,000.

Legitimate stickers cost $18 in Ascension Parish, but Webre says many vehicles may need expensive repairs to pass inspections, making it cheaper to buy fake stickers.

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