DMV Investigators Arrest Accused Con Man in Fake Auto Sales Scheme

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November 19, 2008

 

Sacramento — A 52-year old Kingsburg man, who has impersonated a dental equipment repossessor, a wholesaler of high-end antique vehicles, and sold an unsuspecting couple a fictitious boat while on vacation, has been arrested, the Department of Motor Vehicles announced today.

James C. Flynn was arrested Thursday, Nov. 13, by investigators from DMV’s Fresno Investigations Office on multiple counts of grand theft, theft by deception, and acting as an unlicensed auto dealer. DMV investigators worked jointly with the Selma and Kingsburg Police Departments on the case.

The accused imposter, who since 2000 has twice been arrested by the DMV, was released from Avenal State Prison on June 24, 2007 after serving 18 months. Flynn had been convicted of several counts of grand theft in connection with a scheme to sell a local dentist several thousand dollars in nonexistent dental equipment. He is currently being held in Fresno County Jail.

He most recently sold a Mercedes and a Range Rover to a Kingsburg business owner for $12,500, by photo only and never delivered vehicles. Flynn allegedly sold a Wofford Heights business owner four vehicles for which he never delivered.

Flynn had recently opened MGM Recovery Auto Wholesale, but was not licensed by the DMV. He allegedly represented himself as an official vehicle repossessor for Mercedes Benz of America.

Flynn allegedly shows victims photographs of vehicles that he claims he can provide and then accepts money. On Nov. 6, 2008, investigators from DMV’s Fresno Investigations Office searched the business and found there was substantial evidence that there was no agreement with MBA or any other companies that could provide high-end vehicles. As a result of the search, five additional victims were identified with losses exceeding $50,000.

The DMV is requesting information from anyone who believes they also may be a victim in this case to contact Investigator Gideon Coyle at (559) 488-4024.

Editor’s Note: Tom Wilson, Supervising Investigator at DMV’s Fresno Investigations Office, is available for interviews. He can be contacted at (559) 647-7128.

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