LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - The Laredo Police Department has been investigating a recent scheme report involving a local car dealership.
According to police, the owner of Lonestar Autoplex, Robert Perez, Jr., was defrauding buyers. Allegedly, he would sell vehicles without titles, or in some cases the liens were not released in the vehicles.
This resulted in numerous vehicles being repoed from the lean company after the buyers had either paid for the cars in full to Lonestar Autoplex, or in other cases making payments.
He is also being accused of purchasing vehicles for re-sale with checks with insufficient funds.
On January 17th, Perez had an arrest warrant for theft, after a local business owner told police Robert had stolen $1.5 million. He was also served with other theft charges on February 12th.
After several months of investigation, police identified more suspects in the case; Robert's wife Maria Perez, father Robert Perez, Sr., and assistant Veronica Garcia. According to police, they are involved in the ongoing scheme of fraudulent buying and re-selling of motor vehicles.
Last Thursday, Perez was served with 14 additional warrants on charges of theft and fraudulent transfer of motor vehicles. He has now been served with a total of 19 warrants in this case.
His wife, Maria, is facing three counts of fraudulent transfer of motor vehicles. His father, Robert Sr., is still at large and has two warrants for his arrest under the same charges as Maria. His assistant, Veronica, is facing one charge of fraudulent transfer of a motor vehicle.
Currently, the Laredo Police Department is investigating numerous cases, and more arrests and charges are pending.