Arrests made in dealership scam

June 30, 2009 8:35:36 PM PDT
State police have arrested the brother and sister owners of a used car dealership on charges of theft.Not a peep from car dealer Bruce Bean of Willow Grove or his sister, Lisa Sadano, of Bensalem and not a peep about an alleged rip-off that police say left scores of customers in a jam.

"These subjects arrested after state police investigation found fraud. Subjects misappropriated funds collected from car purchases," said Cpl. Anthony Grant of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Bean operated amazing car sales in Mayfair, now shuttered, it was once booming. Police say money paid by customers for titles, taxes, even car payments disappeared.

"We identified $150,000 we estimate that figure to go higher."

With money not going to Harrisburg or banks, customers could not get registrations or titles.

When Charlyce Washington tried to get answers she got a run around that went on almost a year.

"No registration, no papers, no nothing," she said. "How could I not be angry? I don't have a vehicle."

Malika Garrett can't show us her Pontiac she paid $15,000 in cash and trade. She says it's gone after police found it lacked proper paperwork.

"It's in the pound, it's in pound because it has no title I can't get it out because (it's) not registered to me, if I really own the car."

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