Couple Ripped Off Auto Dealerships

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Two people are under arrest for pulling off an expensive scheme that made two dealerships the victim of a crime. Lincoln police say Marc Sanchez and Natalia Cervantes knowingly wrote bad checks to purchase two vehicles.

Police reports indicate that on December 18, 2011 the two purchased a 2011 Dodge Durango from Performance Dodge for $43,285. Cervantes wrote a check for the entire amount. When the dealership called the bank to confirm the amount of funds, the bank would not provide the information. Performance Dodge went ahead and approved the sale.

One week later, Sanchez returned to the dealership to have 22 inch rims and 22 inch tires installed. It’s worth noting he never paid the $2,404 bill.

Then on January 20, more than a month after the vehicle was purchased, the dealership received notice that the $43,285 check was no good. It was written from an account that closed November 26, 2010 -- more than a year before the Durango was purchased.

Performance Dodge attempted numerous times to contact the two but they could not be located.

While Lincoln police investigated the case, they learned the two also wrote a bad check to purchase a 2008 Mercury Milan at Kia of Lincoln. The dealership says Cervantes wrote a $1,000 check for a down payment for the $15,766 car and had the balance financed. The checking account, however, was already closed.

Kia of Lincoln also tried to contact the two suspects but had no success.

The dealerships have since been able to recover both vehicles.

Sanchez and Cervantes were arrested Monday for two counts of felony by theft deception. Sanchez was also cited for felony theft by unlawful taking because he never paid the bill for the new rims and tires on the Durango.

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