Two men who sold fake Inland Revenue Department (IRD) vehicle licenses to the public have been arrested in Honiara last week.
It was alleged that the men who run a printing shop in Honiara had been producing false licenses and sold them to unknown number of vehicle owners at a cheap rate.
However, traffic police had been tipped information on the illegal activities and were informed to watch out for certain vehicles that acquired the counterfeit IRD licenses from the men.
The IRD vehicle license is usually placed on the front glass of a vehicle.
Police eventually caught one of the vehicles on the road and discovered that whilst in the IRD listing the vehicle’s license had already expired—the vehicle had displayed a license that had not expired—opposed to IRD records.
Police then quizzed the drivers who confessed that he bought the fake license from a private company in Honiara.
Unconfirmed report said police had raided the men’s office and seized computers and printers.
When contacted, the RSIPF Media Unit confirmed the incident.
In a response to SBMOnline, Police said: “Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at the National Traffic Department have arrested two male adult persons for printing and selling Inland Revenue Department (IRD) car licenses to vehicle owners. The arrest was done last week and investigation into the matter is ongoing.”