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Customers in limbo after owner of Tarpon Springs car dealership charged with fraud

Customers in limbo after owner of Tarpon Springs car dealership charged with fraud


BROUGHT TO YOU BY YOUR LOCAL HYUNDAI DEALERS. IF YOU’VE BEEN CHEATED, IF YOU NEED HELP, SHE’S ON YOUR SIDE. BETTER CALL BEHNKEN. A TEMPLE TERRACE MAN LIVES IN FEAR THAT HIS NEW CAR WILL GET REPOSSESSED EVEN THOUGH HE’S TRIED TO MAKE EVERY SINGLE PAYMENT. HE OWES JUST $4,000 MORE, BUT HE FINANCED THROUGH HIS DEALERSHIP, EXOTIC MOTOR CARS IN TARPON SPRINGS. THE OWNER WAS ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH FRAUD AND THE PLACE SHUTDOWN. NOW HE HAS NO WAY TO MAKE HIS PAYMENTS. THAT’S WHEN HE KNEW HE’D BETTER CALL BEHNKEN. Reporter: WHEN THE DEALERSHIP STOPPED ANSWERING CALLS, ANTHONY DROVE TO TARP N SPRINGS AND FOUND THE — TARPON SPRINGS AND FOUND THE BUSINESS CLOSED. BRIGHT RED, SPORTING. Reporter: ANTHONY FREEZEN IS IN HIS LAST YEAR OF CAR PAYMENTS, BUT FOR TWO MONTHS, HIS PAYMENTS HAVEN’T BEEN ACCEPTED AND HE FEARS HIS CAR COULD GET REPOSSESSED. ANYTIME I HEAR A TRUCK, I’M LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW BECAUSE I DON’T WANT THEM TO COME GET MY CAR. Reporter: IT’S A LOGICAL FEAR BECAUSE ANTHONY FINANCED HIS CAR WITH EXOTIC MOTOR CARS, THE DEALERSHIP ABRUPTLY CLOSED IN AUGUST AFTER OWNER NASSAR WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FRAUD ON CONSIGNMENT DEALS. CUSTOMERS LIKE ANTHONY WHO BOUGHT DIRECTLY FROM THE DEALERSHIP GOT CAUGHT UP IN THIS MESS. I’M INVESTED IN THE CAR. I DON’T WANT THEM TO COME PICK IT UP SAYING I DIDN’T MAKE THE PAYMENTS WHEN THERE’S NO PLACE TO MAKE THE PAYMENTS. Reporter: ANTHONY TURNED TO BETTER CALL BEHNKEN AND I WENT TO THE DETECTIVE WORKING THIS CASE. WE’VE NOW BEEN JUST INUNDATED WITH AN OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF PEOPLE OF COMPLAINTS EVERYTHING DEALING FROM THE CONSIGNMENT FRAUD WE ARRESTED HIM FOR TO NOT PAYING OFF LIENS ON VEHICLES HE TOOK IN AND PURCHASED OR SIMPLY SELLING CARS NOT NOTIFYING THE OWNERS HE SOLD THEIR CAR AND KEEPING THE MONEY. Reporter: DETECTIVE LEMON TELLS ME HE KNOWS OF AT LEAST 40 VICTIMS AND HE EXPECTS THERE ARE MORE. THE GOOD NEWS FOR ANTHONY IS THE BUY HERE, PAY HERE DEALS LIKE HIS APPEAR TO BE ON THE UP AND UP. BUYERS NEED A WAY TO PAY OFF LOANS TO GET TITLES. WITH YOUR INDIVIDUAL’S CASE, PROVIDE ME WITH HIS INFORMATION, I WILL REACH OUT TO THE DEALERSHIP AND FIGURE OUT SOME WAY THAT HE CAN PROVIDE PAYMENT TO THE DEALERSHIP. Reporter: DETECTIVE LEMON KEPT HIS WORD. HE TELLS ME HE CALLED THE WIFE OF THE OWNER AND SHE AGREED TO WORK SOMETHING OUT SO THAT

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1 thought on “Customers in limbo after owner of Tarpon Springs car dealership charged with fraud

  1. That dealership usf a nice ass truck there 4 years ago but the dude was very fishy when I wanted to buy it in cash . He wanted me to fiance I went somewhere eles. God works in mysterious ways.

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