This guy really tried it.  A New York State man tried to pass off an inspection sticker that looked like it was drawn by a first grader as an official. It is truly a pitiful attempt, I'm not sure why he thought it would fool a blind person, nevertheless law enforcement. But I do appreciate him because he gave me a much-needed laugh today.

Troopers with the State Police in Fonda arrested the 30-year-old Johnstown man on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Brandon M. Mcrae was charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree.

NYSP Troopers pulled Mcrae over for a traffic stop. During the stop, they could see very clearly that the New York State inspection sticker on the vehicle Mcrae was driving was nowhere close to authentic. They quickly determined that it was a forgery and that he hadn't had a valid sticker since 2021.


Mcrae was arrested and taken to the State Police Precinct Fonda for processing. He was given an appearance ticket and is due in Johnstown City Court on August 30, 2022. After receiving the ticket, Mcrae was released.

Mcrae Isn't The Only Driver To Try To Use A Horrible Fake Inspection Sticker

In July of 2022, another driver tried to use a forged inspection sticker that was just as bad as Mcrae's. The Fulton County Sheriff's Office posted a photo of the sticker on its Facebook page with the caption,

Please see the picture below of a very poor attempt to fake an inspection sticker, from a traffic complaint this evening which also resulted in a DWI arrest.

New York State law says,

Any person who shall make, issue or knowingly use any imitation or counterfeit of an official certificate of inspection, or who shall possess or display or cause or permit to be displayed upon any motor vehicle any certificate of inspection knowing the same to be fictitious or issued without an inspection or required repairs having been made, or, who unlawfully mutilates a valid certificate of inspection or rejection, or who shall knowingly issue, obtain or present a false statement in connection with a waiver authorized by this article, or who unlawfully removes such a certificate from a motor vehicle.

If you're going to use a fake sticker, at least TRY to make it look real!

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