He told officers the plates stood for "New York Office of the Chief Medical Examiner," and that he had permission from Dr. Hirsch of the New York City Medical Examiner's Office to have them. The Medical Examiner denied knowing Berger of giving him permission to use the plates.
Police look into license plates on cemetery supervisor’s car
LIBERTY – The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office has opened an investigation into the license plates that appeared on a vehicle that was stopped in a Liberty cemetery last week.
On August 24, State Environmental Conservation police and Sheriff's deputies questioned Mayer Berger, 29, of Brooklyn, who was spotted in a Jewish cemetery on Hysana Road.
Police determined that Berger was there to bury a fetus. Berger, who is a supervisor with Chesed Shel Emes, a Jewish burial society, was ticketed by DEC for bio hazard bags containing blood soaked linen and cloth that were found on the ground adjacent to graves in the cemetery.
During the investigation last week, Berger was questioned about the license plate "NY OCME" which appears on his 2008 Honda Odyssey.
He told officers the plates stood for "New York Office of the Chief Medical Examiner", and that he had permission from Dr. Hirsch of the New York City Medical Examiner's Office to have them.
They also questioned Berger about the red police light on his dash board. He said he used it when he responded to emergencies. The Sheriff's Office contacted the New York Medical Examiner’s Office, which advised that they did not know Berger and did not give anyone permission to have license plates indicating any affiliation with the Medical Examiner's Office.
The Sheriff's Office is working with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles on the investigation.
[Hat Tip: Burich.]