Representatives from the Oxnard Police Department said they have arrested two men who are believed to have been selling cars illegally. The suspects in question are 41 year-old Joaquin Samano and 42 year-old Ernesto Macias. Officers said they men were trying to be entrepreneurs and were not necessarily aware they were breaking local laws.
The act in question is reportedly referred to as curbstoning. When a car is curbstoned it is parked on a residential street and a For Sale sign is placed inside the front or back window. Oxnard Police Department were initially tipped off as to the activities of the defendants after residents and retailers saw numerous parked cars with For Sale displays.
The frequency of the reports increased over time and many callers said they saw the same two men moving the vehicles between locations. Police officials say that vehicle dealers are prohibited from acting as if they are private sellers. Those who do so are often trying to avoid paying sales tax.
Oxnard PD officials began working with the local DMV in order to set up an undercover sting. It was later determined that Samano had three vehicles for sale at the time of his arrest. Macias reportedly had more than a dozen.
Both men have since been taken into custody and have been booked into the Ventura County Main Jail. They are being charged with many vehicle code violations. They are also facing felony counts of tax fraud. The men are scheduled to be arraigned later this month. It is unclear if they will enter pleas of guilty or not guilty.