A man who operated a fraudulent car repair shop in Wichita, Kansas using a fake name is facing allegations that he scammed over one dozen individuals, according to government officials and the Wichita Eagle newspaper.
Court records indicate 16 instances in which the defendant deceived individuals of over $11,000, plus vehicles. Officials claim they anticipate finding additional victims. The Eagle reported that after Wichita Police were alerted to a single complaint about the business, they unraveled what turned out to be a documented scheme of criminal activity. According to police, the majority of victims were poor, mainly Asian or Hispanic, and spoke little if any English. When victims brought vehicles to the shop for repair, the defendant would require payment upfront, but would never fix the vehicles. In some instances, he even falsely declared the vehicles as lost or stolen from his lot.
The police further reported that the defendant had been convicted for writing fraudulent checks 10 years prior, had been residing in the United States illegally and had been deported numerous times.
This story reminds us that consumers must do extensive research before buying a vehicle. If you think you’ve been the victim of car repair or used car fraud, contact San Bernardino fraud attorney Howard D. Silver at (866) 49-LEMON for a free consultation about your case.