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ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Twenty-seven Orange County residents were arrested Tuesday for their part in an alleged fix-it ticket scheme for illegal street racers in Los Angeles and Orange counties, California Highway Patrol officials said.
The accused ringleader of the scheme is Angel Zahid Sanchez-Peralta, 21, of Los Angeles. He was charged in October with 33 counts of attempting to file a false or forged instrument and a count of attempting to procure or offer a false or forged instrument, all felonies, court records show.
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CHP officials said Sanchez-Peralta signed off on more than 250 citations issued during street racing events in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Sanchez-Peralta, an alleged promoter of the gatherings, would charge $300 for phony documents that would show citations were fixed, CHP Officer Jake Sanchez told City News Service.
When motorists are cited for a minor violation such as not displaying a vehicle registration tag on a license plate, they can go to a local law enforcement office and show it has been fixed, and when an officer signs off on it, the proof can be shown in court and the citation dismissed.
Sanchez-Peralta is accused of obtaining stamps with names of current and retired CHP officers and selling the bogus proof so illegal street racers could avoid having to pay thousands of dollars to fix unlawful modifications of vehicles, Sanchez said.
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Most of the citations were for the modifying of engines and motors to make them more powerful and noisier, Sanchez said. Some of the citations were for emissions, so the phony documents allowed motorists to avoid getting vehicles smogged, Sanchez added.
CHP officials closely monitor social media to chase down leads on where the illegal street racing takes place, so they also took notice of Sanchez-Peralta's advertisement for his services, CHP Officer Anselmo Templado said.
The 27 arrested residents reportedly had fix-it tickets fraudulently signed off in order to avoid repair bills that could have costed up to thousands of dollars, authorities said.
The arrest warrant operation is the culmination of a two-year CHP investigation, CHP officials said.
"Street racing is always illegal and extremely dangerous," CHP officials said. "Participants and onlookers could be killed or seriously injured because of street racing activities."
No further information was immediately available.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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