Car sellers have less than an enviable reputation, but few can hold a candle in front of Ricardo Perez.
According to Automotive news, Perez worked for Dick Scott’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth, Michigan, for seven years before he was fired on July 30 for allegedly cheating a dealership company with “tens of thousands of dollars”. General manager Jason Scott did not go into details, but told the publication “He took advantage of us” and was a bad guy.
Although employer fraud is not new, Perez is reportedly just getting started. Citing police, the publication reports that Perez pretended to still work for a dealership, and lured potential customers out of their cars and with hard-earned money.
In particular, it is said that Perez organized the trade in victims in the parking lot under the guise of COVID-19 security protocols. While it’s pretty annoying, some people fell in love with it, and Perez allegedly took their car and then sold it.
This was not the only scam, as Perez is said to have offered a lease that was too good to be true. Apparently, he lured victims with low prices before going to dealerships and signing leases on their behalf. As Lincoln Park Police Chief Ray Waters explained: “What they thought was a monthly payment of $ 500 (£ 383/458 euros) for their truck was actually approaching $ 800 (£ 613/733) and the vehicle which they bought never traded ”.
If that weren’t bad enough, Waters said Perez “would have withdrawn their initial payments … and told them that the payments weren’t needed for three months, but in fact the payments were needed right away.” This meant that some victims fell behind by several months in their new car, as well as by months of lagging behind the vehicle they thought they had bought.
The investigation is ongoing, but police are aware of at least 30 victims across the Detroit subway. It is also believed that the fraud lasted for several months before creditors began contacting the victims and demanding payment. Unfortunately for them, Waters said he would most likely not recoup his losses.
As for Perez, he was arrested Tuesday at his home in a stolen car. He now faces a long list of charges in a number of jurisdictions.
A car dealer from hell allegedly deceived dealers, was fired, and then deceived potential customers
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