Wisconsin cracks down on grey market vehicles, crushes 2 Nissan Skylines

A man in Wisconsin was recently prosecuted for owning and attempting to sell two Nissan  Skylines.  According to Stevens Point Journal, in 2010, the state government orchestrated a sting to catch Justin Beno selling two Nissan Skyline models, one of which played a role in the Fast and Furious franchise.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation set up a sting in order to try and crack down on any grey market vehicles. An investigator found both the 1995 and 1996 Nissan Skylines for sale. After the investigator inquired about the vehicles being titled, Beno replied that they were not but they could be taken to Florida to be titled and then brought back to Wisconsin and re-titled. That was all that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation needed to hear.

The government seized both Skylines and charged Beno with multiple offenses that included  two felony counts of conspiracy to commit fraud, one felony count of owning a vehicle without a vehicle identification number tag and two misdemeanors tied to those missing VIN tags.

Brown County Deputy District Attorney Dana Johnson offered Beno a plea deal wherein he would accept the misdemeanor charges and give up both fully restored Skylines. Beno tried to bargain to pay the fines and find suitable buyers overseas for both Skylines, as he had restored them himself, but the Prosecutor declined. Both cars are to be crushed and sold for scrap.


It’s a sad day in the world of Nissan lovers, as we lose two more Nissan Skylines, which are becoming more rare by the day.

News Source: Stevens Point Journal

Photo: BigBirdSkyline.com

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