Police: Finance supervisor scammed consumers

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A former finance supervisor at an AutoNation dealership in Florida scammed consumers out of just about $180,000 in money they gave him for cars that he by no means produced, police say. He’s accused of playing away the would-be consumers’ cash.

Carlos Ravelo, 51, used to be arrested this past at a Hyundai dealership the place he were rented lately. The criminal fees he’s going through, together with lavish robbery, relate to his earlier process at AutoNation Honda Miami Lakes.

One buyer, Yuliety Borges, informed the Miami-Dade Police Branch that she relied on AutoNation Honda next purchasing a prior car there and likewise knew Ravelo, who had attended faculty together with her sweetheart’s mother. Investigators stated Ravelo informed her he may just get her a trade in on a car however provided that she paid money.

“The victim trusted that since the deal was taking place at AutoNation Honda it was a legitimate deal,” police wrote.

Borges stated she gave Ravelo two bills totaling $62,000 however by no means gained the car, and after Ravelo prohibited taking her screams, in keeping with police. When she going to the dealership, she discovered Ravelo were suspended on account of lawsuits like hers.

Any other buyer, Elio Circumstances, informed police he met with Ravelo on the dealership. Ravelo stated a 2019 Honda Civic used to be to be had for $9,000, however the buyer “could only purchase the vehicle [with] cash, through him since he was the ‘financial manager’ at the dealership,” police wrote. Circumstances “was under the impression that the deal was a legitimate transaction because it was done in the office of the subject who was the manager of AutoNation Honda,” police wrote.

Upcoming accumulating the cash, Ravelo stated the car used to be within the store, and he would name when it used to be in a position, Then, Ravelo stated the trade in had fallen thru and gave Circumstances a reimbursement take a look at that bounced, in keeping with police.

The police studies recommend that AutoNation fired Ravelo. The corporate didn’t reply to a request for remark endmost presen.

On line casino officers informed police that Ravelo spent greater than $1,000 there “on an almost everyday basis.”

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