October 1, 2014
An alleged con man buying cars on line convinced three vehicle owners to sign over the title to their vehicles. He then took off with the paperwork without paying the agreed price. Two of the victims said the scam took place outside a Douglas County Treasurers branch office.
Leslie and Fernando Lepes told Fact Finders that James A. Nash answered their ad on Craigslist via text. He wanted Fernando to meet him at the Treasurers office near 50th and F in Omaha. That's where Nash told them he would get the title signed over and give $2,500 to the Lepes. Leslie Lepes said, "That's so he can have the title under his name and if the cops stop him he can show a title under his name."
After getting the title signed over, Fernando said he and Nash left the Treasurers office with Nash holding the keys to the Jeep and the title. But outside instead of paying Fernando the $2,500 , Nash allegedly walked quickly to the Jeep and took off. Fernando called police.
There are other victims of a similar sign and dash scheme. Nash faces three theft by deception charges.