Dozens of cars stolen in Queensland registered illegally, and sold for several years without the knowledge of the police

Dozens of stolen cars may have been re-registered and sold illegally without Queensland Police realizing for several years.

Compensation claims from inadvertent buyers are expected due to a situation that Queensland Police has blamed on “issues” related to state and National Vehicles of Interest (NVOI) records.

Police said the problems led to inaccurate records of stolen vehicles dating from 2016 to April of this year.

The Queensland Police Special Service (QPS) operation Tango Venue has been set up to locate vehicles and potentially affected customers who may have purchased a vehicle without realizing it was stolen.

Police confirmed yesterday that owners who have been negatively affected by the situation are entitled to apply for compensation.

A police spokesperson said QPS was working with technology experts to try to identify the vehicles and the owners.

Compensation for the affected

The spokesperson said the data issue was identified in April when police became aware of issues affecting QPS data transmission.

“Since that time, QPS has worked closely with technology experts and relevant partners across law enforcement and vehicle registrations. [the Transport Department] To assess the full extent of data error.

The spokesperson said QPS and experts are working to identify affected vehicle owners and agencies.

“QPS understands that the error may have affected a small number of vehicles that have entered the system since 2016,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said a “technical patch” was applied to data on all vehicles entered into the system during the affected period.

So far, police have identified 29 vehicles as of interest and require further investigation.

He said, “About 14 vehicles were subsequently considered of interest, as the current owners of the vehicles are involved by QPS on a one-by-one basis taking into account individual circumstances in deciding the actions to be taken”, he said.

“The other 15 vehicles were deemed not to require any further remedial or investigation procedures.

“Those adversely affected may apply for compensation. Claims for compensation have been referred to the Queensland Police Legal Unit for advice in accordance with standard procedures.”

ABC confirmed that police contacted owners whose cars were stolen and asked them to provide registration and insurance details.

One owner was told there could be over a hundred vehicles involved and a huge compensation bill for the Queensland government.

A spokesperson for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, which operates outside the NVOI system, said yesterday that they are working with QPS to ensure that the necessary surveillance controls are in place within their system to ensure the accuracy of the NVOI.

She said police continue to rely on NVOI across the country as an important tool to crack down on auto theft and other crimes.

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