Driver tries to pass off homemade license plate as the real thing

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SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. (March 4, 2016) – A woman trying to pass off a homemade license plate as the real thing caught the eye of police in New York.

An Erie County sheriff’s deputy spotted the illegal plate Wednesday after pulling over 28-year-old Amanda Schweickert in Springville, N.Y., according to WPIX. Her car didn’t have a front license plate and the deputy noticed something funny about the rear plate.

The department posted about the incident on its Facebook page.

"In case you are wondering, homemade cardboard license plates are NOT legal," the post read. "The homemade plate was seized and placed into evidence."

Schweickert had made the license plate out of cardboard and painted it to resemble a real plate. Police described it as an “obviously imitation New York license plate.”

Police said Schweickert was driving on a suspended license and didn’t have car insurance. She was charged with a felony of possessing a forged instrument and a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle with a suspended registration. She also received three vehicle and traffic infractions.