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New Jersey charged with theft, fraud after Craigslist car sale February 1, 2010

Posted by jefhenninger in News.
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James Maltese, of Harmony Road, Middletown, New Jersey turned himself in at police headquarters on Friday after police began to look into a transaction he made with a Delaware couple who reported having trouble with a 1999 Dodge Durango moments after buying it for $2,995 on Craigslist.

Police say that the car was initially sold to someone else for $150.  That person was told by a mechanic in Keyport that the head gasket was blown. Maltese somehow obtained possession of the car and then brokered the sale online.  What really hurts Maltese is that he issued a fraudulent temporary license plate.  He also never informed the buyers of the car’s mechanical problems but there is no indication that he knew about the problems.

He was charged with theft by deception, falsifying records and engaging in the business of a vehicle dealer without a license.  The fake plate is the worst part of the case for him as otherwise, this is just a bad sale.  The good news is that the dollar amount of the loss is low.  A good attorney should be able to wrap this up pretty quickly for  him unless he has a big record.

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