State investigators raided an Omaha business looking for evidence of auto tax evasion. The search warrant comes after a Channel 6 News investigation exposed the sale of phony in-transit stickers.
State investigators raided Dailey’s Package Store near 30th and Spencer in search of hard evidence that in-transit stickers with forged dates and altered auto tax forms were being sold there. “A criminal enterprise to avoid paying sales tax or in-transits, things of that nature, on vehicles,” said Steve Eppens of the Nebraska Motor Vehicle Fraud Unit.
“I know it's a crime, but I think I'm a help to the community,” said the shop's owner, Durke Dailey, who admitted to Fact Finders he sold altered in-transits for $20 each, allowing some car buyers to go up to a year before paying sales taxes and fees. “I always looked at myself as a black Robin Hood, you know, I help the poor.”
Investigators also raided the detailing and auto sales shop next to the liquor store. Dailey now faces 10 additional charges related to selling cars without a dealer’s license and selling paperwork and in-transits to help people avoid paying their car taxes.
A shop driver turned away by investigators said sales of altered in-transits there was no secret. “I know it’s not the right thing to do, but they help people out,” said Cassandra Walker. “A lot of people can't afford to get their plates on time.”
Investigators seized a computer and records to prove a long-running scheme that allowed vehicle buyers to delay or avoid paying their taxes. “Everyone else is paying that tax and those folks trying to avoid paying their taxes should pay that tax, too,” said Eppens.
Investigators tell Fact Finders more arrests for charges of tax evasion are likely. Anyone with information on this case or a similar case is asked to call the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicle Fraud Unit at 402-471-3790.