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Cops: Man got auto loan with fake Social Security card

A Queens man was charged with grand larceny Friday, after police said he took ownership of a Toyota RAV4 last July then failed to make payments on the vehicle.

Nassau County police said Clifford Person, 30, of Jamaica, placed “a minimal deposit” on the 2014 RAV4 at Millennium Toyota on North Franklin Avenue in Hempstead on July 29, using a photo ID and a Social Security card to apply for a loan. Police said Person was given “preapproval” on the financing and allowed to take possession of the Toyota before it was determined that the Social Security card was fake.

Millennium urged Person to come back in to apply for a new loan, but he never returned, police said. An investigation determined Person also never made a payment on the RAV4, which was valued at $19,895, according to police.

He never attempted to return the vehicle either, police said.

Person was charged with third-degree grand larceny and second-degree possession of a forged instrument following an investigation by detectives from the Major Case Bureau.

Person was arraigned Friday in First District Court in Hempstead. Bail was set at $1,750 bond or $1,250 cash, according to online court records.

It was not clear Friday if Person had retained an attorney.

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