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Mass. man charged in car registration tax dodge
Zhiyu “Tony” Zhang, 30, of Quincy, Mass., registered his personal vehicles, one a 2013 BMW, in Manchester to avoid mandated insurance coverage and sales tax, according to New Hampshire State Police.
State Police arrested Zhang at Concord District Court on Monday, where he was facing motor vehicle charges unrelated to the case.
On Tuesday, Judge James Michael, presiding in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, reduced Zhang’s bail from $50,000 cash/surety to $10,000 personal recognizance. He ordered Zhang, whom attorney Bruce Kenna said is legally in the country on a B-2 visa, not to travel outside the country without court approval and to sign a waiver of extradition.
For the past year, Kenna said he has represented Zhang in a running argument with state police, Troop G in Concord, over the legitimacy of his business. He said state police have not been able to convince any prosecutor — state or federal — that Zhang’s business is illegal.
Player said American Lending is in the business of obtaining cars in the U.S. that are then exported to foreign countries, mostly China, where there is a high demand for luxury cars. The most popular cars, he said, are BMX5, Mercedes GL350, Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover.
Player said the state DMV and state police track registrations and titles of high-end vehicles and investigate when someone buys two to five cars.
Zhang, however, is not charged in connection with his company. He is accused of two counts of criminal solicitation — one a misdemeanor, the other a felony — and three counts of unsworn falsification.
On March 1, 2013, Player said Zhang bought a 2013 BMW 750LI from Herb Chambers BMW in Boston and indicated in paperwork that he had lived in Quincy for 2½ years.
In August 2013, Zhang renewed the BMW registration, listing the same two addresses, according to Player’s affidavit.
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