Two Maryland men were recently arrested for running a bogus auto repair service out of a Home Depot parking lot. Police were alerted to the suspicious operation by a consumer and caught the two individuals performing incorrect and damaging alterations on a vehicle under the false guise of “professional repair.”
The men (ages 41 and 34) were allegedly posing as licensed mobile car service specialists, police told the Maryland Gazette. Before it was discovered, the fraudulent operation victimized at least two individuals, according to the police. After setting up the false shop in the Home Depot parking lot, they performed improper work on several cars, including one where they used a concrete mud mix (not for use on metal) to patch a vehicle, and another where they used cans of cheap spray paint to mask a problem.
In one instance, an individual paid the men $620 for what he thought would be a repair. What that victim ended up with was approximately $2,500 in damages to the car. The two men are facing charges for malicious destruction of property, and infraction violations from the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection. The men were let go on $5,000 bail.
Police cautioned consumers everywhere that if unknown individuals approach you in a commercial parking lot, they most likely are operating fraudulently and should be avoided. If you believe you’ve been the victim of car repair fraud, contact the California car repair fraud attorney Howard D. Silver at (866) 49-LEMON. Call today for a complimentary case review.