Better Call Behnken: Owner of Tampa car dealership accused of rolling back odometers arrested

Better Call Behnken: Owner of Tampa car dealership accused of rolling back odometers arrested


IF YOU’VE BEEN CHEATED, WHEN YOU NEED HELP, SHE IS ON YOUR SIDE. BETTER CALL BEHNKEN. THE OWNER OF A TAMPA CAR DEALERSHIP HAS BEEN ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF ODOMETER FRAUD. THIS IS AFTER A BAD — BETTER CALL BEHNKEN INVESTIGATION EXPOSED ONE OF HER DEALS. MARILOU BOUGHT A CAR ADVERTISED WITH 108,000 MILES BUT IT ACTUALLY HAD NEARLY 178,000 MILES. THAT’S WHEN SHE KNEW SHE BETTER BANK — BETTER CALL BEHNKEN. JENNA JOINS ME WITH A BIG UPDATE. Reporter: THIS IS A CRAZY STORY. WE BROKE THIS STORY EARLIER THIS YEAR AND NOW LAW ENFORCEMENT TELLS ME A TAMPA WOMAN FUNNELED KARSTA HER DEALERSHIP, EVENTUALLY RESELLING THEM ON CRAIGSLIST. MARY ELLEN MORGAN FINALLY KNOWS WHO WAS BEHIND THE GREATEST SWINDLE OF HER LIFE. MORGAN PAID FIVE GRAND FOR THIS AND ADVERTISED ON CRAIGSLIST WITH 108,000 MILES. SHE LATER LEARNED THE ODOMETER HAD BEEN ROLLED BACK 80,000 MILES AND THEN THIS WOMAN, SERENE VARGAZ HAS BEEN ARRESTED BY FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL ON 43 FELONY CHARGES OF ODOMETER FRAUD, UTTERING A FORGED INSTRUMENT AND ORGANIZED FRAUD. Reporter: WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU GOT THAT PHONE CALL? I WAS TICKLED PINK. Reporter: INVESTIGATORS JOSE VARGAS USED HER DEALERSHIP TO BUY CARS AT AUCTION. SHE WOULD SOLICIT FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN VENEZUELA TO PROVIDE HER COPIES OF THEIR PASSPORTS USING THE INFORMATION TO TITLE VEHICLES IN THEIR NAMES. SOME ODOMETERS WERE ROLLED BACK BY AS MANY AS 150,000 MILES. ACCORDING TO FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL, SHE THEN FLIPPED THE VEHICLES ON CRAIGSLIST. I CAN’T GO VERY FAR IN THE SPAM BECAUSE IT IS NOT IN THE BEST SHAPE. Reporter: NOW THAT WE HAVE SEEN THE FACE BEHIND THE SOPHISTICATED CON, I DECIDED TO PAY VARGAZ A VISIT. SHE WASN’T CRAZY ABOUT TALKING ABOUT THE CARS BUT I NOTICED SHE MADE SURE TO HAVE A RELIABLE CAR. AS FOR MORGAN, SHE IS ENCOURAGED BY WHAT THE INVESTIGATOR TOLD HER. SHE TOLD ME IF IT WAS NOT FOR ME, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS GOING ON AND SHE THANKED ME FOR REPORTING IT AND TURNING THEM IN. Reporter: INVESTIGATORS SAY THE DEALERSHIP ISSUED LETTERS STATING THAT THE ODOMETERS WERE BROKEN AND HAD TO BE REPLACED AND THEN THOSE FORMS SHE SIGNED SAID SHE DIDN’T KNOW THE TRUE MILEAGE. BUT INVESTIGATORS FOUND THE ORIGINAL TITLE WITH HER SIGNATURE AND IT WAS LOCATED RIGHT UNDER THE TRUE HIGHER MILEAGE. THAT IS HOW THEY WERE ABLE TO NAIL HER ON THIS ONE. THAT IS HOW THEY CAUGHT HER. I DIDN’T EVEN THINK YOU COULD ROLLBACK ODOMETERS ANYMORE. Reporter: A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT. FOR A LITTLE BIT OF TIME AT IMPROVED WITH ALL THE TECHNOLOGY BUT NOW IT IS ACTUALLY EASIER. I FOUND ALL KINDS OF YOUTUBE VIDEOS SHOWING YOU EXACTLY HOW TO DO THIS. YOU CAN ORDER ALL KINDS OF COMPUTERS TO HELP YOU DO IT. THE WOMAN HAS 42 FELONIES BUT YOU HAVE TO BE REALLY CAREFUL WITH USED CARS. THANKS, SHANNON.

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  1. Soreny Marin es la hija de Zoraya marcano Zoraya Marcano fue Gerente de Inces Zulia. Y ahora trabaja en la administración de gobernación del Zulia con Arias Cárdenas. La hija se fue al imperio y ahora se metió en peos con los gringos. Adulteraban los odómetros de los carros para subirles el valor.Pago la fianza $ 15000.

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