You buy a new vehicle and along with it comes that financial sting of paying the taxes and fees to license it. An in-transit sticker allows you to drive for a month, but sometimes it's not always legitimate. A Channel 6 News Fact Finders investigation has uncovered an illegal way hundreds of vehicle buyers have traveled our roads for months.
“I know it's a crime, but I think I'm a help to the community.” For years, Durke Dailey sold falsified in-transits to car buyers he says couldn't afford to license their vehicles. “I always thought of myself as a black Robin Hood, you know. I help the poor."
Gene True is the Nebraska State Patrol trooper who helped bust Dailey. “I don't believe he's a Robin Hood. What he's doing is illegal."
Dailey says he would sell falsified in-transits for $20 a set. “I'd probably sell like four sets of in-transits a day."
This self-described Robin Hood tells Fact Finders he sold one Omaha woman a set of in-transits once a month for a year because she couldn't afford the $4,000 in sales tax fees on a car she bought.
“So what (are) they going to do? If they can't get no in-transits they can't drive so how they going to get to work, how are they going to pay for the car? They just can't make it without them.”
The auto fraud investigator says falsified in-transits aren’t always to delay paying taxes. “By continually having in-transits issued to them and at some point just getting rid of the vehicle and never paying those taxes,” said True.
Dailey obtained then altered, real in-transit stickers. The auto association in charge of distributing them doesn't know how he got them. “There's just a way of getting in-transits like anything else.” He admits falsifying thousands of in-transits, but claims that will end on the date his jail sentence expires.
Dailey is also accused of selling sales tax forms so vehicle buyers could illegally reduce the amount of sales tax they pay. He denies doing that and says he only gave advice on how to get away with it. Dailey is serving 120 days for misdemeanor, second-degree forgery.