Monroe woman gets more than six years in prison for submitting fake titles on stolen vehicles
MONROE, La. – Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that two Monroe women were sentenced Monday for a scheme to issue new titles for stolen automobiles.
Ashley Owens, 31, of Monroe, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to 76 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and three years’ supervised release. Felicia Simpson, 40, of Monroe, La., was sentenced to five years’ probation on one count of misprision of felony, and Quinetta Grant, 45, of Suwanee, Ga., will be sentenced at a later date. According to the guilty pleas, from November 2014 to June 2015, the defendants illegally provided new titles to customers who possessed stolen automobiles. Owens would receive the titles from Grant and then deliver them to Simpson who worked for a private title processing business in Monroe. Altogether, 104 fraudulent titles were processed involving high-end late model luxury vehicles including Mercedes, BMW, Bentley and Lamborghini.
The FBI, Louisiana State Police, Miami Dade Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia and the Monroe Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell prosecuted the case.