Hillsboro man pleads guilty to fake driving permit scam
Oregon's Division of Financial Regulation is warning people to be cautious of fraud after a Hillsboro insurance agent was convicted of selling fake driving permits to people.
Skip Molen, 47, pleaded guilty last month to selling fake international drivers licenses to more than 200 people from his Hillsboro insurance office.
Hillsboro Police and the DFR — which oversees financial and insurance industries in Oregon —investigated Molen last year after a driver presented the permit to a police officer during a traffic stop. The driver told police he had purchased the permit from Molen's agency.
The permits are used to translate information from driver's licenses while driving in other counties, according to Brad Hilliard, a spokesman with the Division of Financial Regulation.
Molen reportedly sold the permits for $250 apiece, but Molen wasn't authorized to sell the licenses. Only the American Automobile Association and the American Automobile Touring Alliance are authorized to sell the licenses, which cost $25.
Molen was indicted in November 2017 on six counts of first-degree theft. Molen took a plea deal in the case, pleading guilty to a single count of theft in January 2018. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
In March, the Division of Financial Regulation revoked Molen's insurance license. Molen had been a licensed insurance agent since 2016,
"As the state regulator we work hard to investigate and penalize fraudulent professionals," said Andrew Stolfi, Oregon insurance commissioner, in a statement. "We encourage Oregonians to call our advocates any time they have a concern with any of their financial products and services, or the professionals and businesses that provide them."
Stolfi said the best way to avoid a scam is to ask relevant questions and contact DFR for assistance or questions.