TRACY -- A 46-year-old man will spend the next 13 months in prison after he was convicted for falsification of motor vehicle parts identification numbers, the United States Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
According to the department, Tracy resident Daryl Charles sold stolen motorcycles and engines whose vehicle identification numbers and engine identification numbers he had filed or stripped away.
In order to sell these motorcycles, court documents stated Charles stamped a new number on the motorcycle frame or engine.
On April 5, 2005, Charles sold a stolen 2002 Yamaha motorcycle through eBay to a customer in Iowa for $5,900. The motorcycle was originally stolen in San Diego, but by the time it was recovered in Iowa, Charles had changed the motorcycle vehicle identification number. He had also re-stamped the engine on the motorcycle with a new identification number, according to court documents.
That same year, Charles sold a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle to a person in Culver City for approximately $5,000. The engine on that motorcycle was stolen.
Charles sold stolen vehicles for over three years before July 2007, when Tracy police received information that stolen motorcycle parts were being advertised on eBay by a person using the screen name "Booroe," who was later identified as Charles.
During their investigation, Tracy police conducted an undercover operation and purchased two stolen motorcycle parts from Charles.
On Aug. 23, 2007, Tracy police searched Charles's home. They found records of motorcycle parts shipped to England, copies of Department of Motor Vehicle documents connecting Charles to stolen motorcycles, test print-outs of fraudulent federal certification labels, as well as metal stamping equipment similar to what was used to stamp the fraudulent vehicle identification numbers on the stolen bikes.
In Charles' garage, police found a stolen 2005 Yamaha R-1 motorcycle frame and engine. The police also found both of the cashier's checks that had been mailed to "Booroe" by the Tracy police during their undercover eBay purchases.
Charles will also have to go through three years of supervised release following completion of his prison sentence.
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