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Police Raid Limo Company And Seize Vehicles

LCT Staff
Posted on June 5, 2009

From Northern Virginia Daily

WINCHESTER -- Authorities raided a limousine service in Frederick County and seized nearly 20 vehicles Tuesday morning.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' law enforcement services division led an investigation into Gem Limousine Service, 1100 Front Royal Pike, which culminated Tuesday, according to DMV spokeswoman Melanie Stokes.

Stokes confirmed with an investigator Wednesday morning that charges are pending against the company, but she didn't say what the alleged offenses are. She said she did not have information on exactly when DMV investigators conducted searches at the business.

State police and the Frederick County Sheriff's Office assisted with the DMV operation, Stokes said. Frederick County Maj. Robert "Robbie" Eckman said vehicles from the limousine company were currently impounded in Frederick County. Eckman said he didn't know the exact time that the DMV executed the search warrant on the business.

The owner's private residence near the business also may have been searched, Eckman said.

Affidavits for search warrants pertaining to properties in the DMV investigation had been filed in the Frederick County Circuit Court. But the corresponding search warrants had not been completed that afternoon, Stokes said. The court does not make the affidavits available to the public until the search warrants are filed.

The DMV investigation began in February, Stokes said, citing information from the agent. The matter may become multi-jurisdictional because Gem also had an office in Harrisonburg. Stokes said the DMV had not yet filed charges against the owner, but they would be filed in Frederick County.

A recording at both locations on Wednesday says the business is now closed and then prompts the caller to leave a message.

The Frederick County commissioner of revenue's office lists Gem Limousine as a licensed business in good standing, according to an agency employee Wednesday afternoon.

Gem Enterprises Ltd. became incorporated with the State Corporation Commission in June 1995, according to spokesman Ken Schrad. A report filed with the SCC in April identifies officers as Vice President Stacey S. Miller and Director Natalie W. Miller. Per SCC requirements, the business only has to list officers and/or directors who may or may not be the owner, Schrad explained.

Gem Limousine had been in operation for 10 years, according to its Web site on Wednesday. It offered "exotic" limousines and the SUV variety as well as the standard type and executive sedans, the Web site states.

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