Cops: Gwinnett car dealer sold 300 bogus permits to friends, customers

A Lawrenceville used car dealer has been arrested for allegedly issuing hundreds of bogus temporary operating permits, Gwinnett County police said.

Billy Allrich, 43, was arrested after an “extensive investigation” and charged with seven counts of computer forgery, the department said.

A detective started the investigation after noticing a suspicious vehicle at a Lawrencevile apartment complex, the department said. The detective saw a “fraudulently issued temporary operating permit” (the temporary tag a driver gets when buying a new car), and the tag was issued by Allrich Auto, a used car dealership run by Billy Allrich.

Allrich had been issuing multiple tags to the same vehicles, and issued permits to his friends to help them avoid paying taxes, the detective found. Over the course of a year, Allrich issued more than 500 temporary tags but sold 200 vehicles, the department said.

Gwinnett County detectives and members of the Georgia Department of Revenue executed a search warrant on Allrich Auto on Sept. 27. While officers were at the dealership, a woman showed up and said she was there to buy a permit for $150, the department said. She told officers she had purchased nine permits from Allrich Auto since early 2017.

Allrich was released from the Gwinnett County Detention Center on $5,700 bond, according to jail records. He may be indicted on additional charges, according to police.

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