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Allegations made in a September 2010 lawsuit against luxury car dealer Marc Chase — at the center of criminal charges that have enveloped city hall and district attorney Bonnie Dumanis — seem sure to fuel the spreading fire of San Diego's latest political corruption scandal.

The accusations were made by Jacqueline Peterson, whose court complaint says she was Chase's live-in girlfriend and fiancée in a violent and abuse-plagued relationship with the auto merchant that lasted from 1988 through 2009.

Chase runs Symbolic Motors, a magnet for Chargers players and others with sufficient cash to drop on high-priced cars, from Bugattis to Ferraris to Rolls Royces.

Peterson’s complaint says that she and Chase had one child together, born in 1993, identified by pseudonym “Jane” to protect her privacy. According to the document, their relationship allegedly began in the late 1980s.

"In 1988, after Chase had pursued Peterson for many months, they ultimately became involved in a romantic relationship," according to the complaint.

A year later, the lawsuit says, the couple moved into a house in La Costa with Peterson's three children from two prior relationships.

In 1992, Chase impregnated Peterson. Although Chase was dead-set against having a child, and demanded that Peterson have an abortion, once their daughter "Jane'" was born, he showed up at the hospital demanding that the baby take his last name.

Immediately after Jane was born, Chase moved mother and children into a house conveniently located across from his own in La Costa. Chase paid the rent and all bills and gave her spending money in the form of cash.

During this time, Chase's own home across the street from Peterson and the children was used to shoot pornographic films. While he continued to own that house, he treated Peterson's residence as his home.

The complaint goes on to allege that “Chase was violent towards Peterson regularly…. On one occasion, Chase choked Peterson until she lost consciousness, then dragged her out of their home by her hair.”

Despite these tensions, the parties' intimate relationship continued. They also took many lavish and exotic vacations together as a family.

In 1996 Peterson confronted Chase after she learned about his relationships with other women. Thereafter, by mutual agreement to open their relationship, Peterson became involved with another man. In a short time, Chase became very jealous.

On one occasion, Chase upset and disoriented Peterson by moving them into his new home in La Jolla — literally overnight. Without her consent or knowledge, he had ordered all of her belongings and furnishings to be packed up and relocated to his home in La Jolla.

He solicited the help of the children to convince their mother to accept his marriage proposal. Chase threw a lavish engagement party at Symbolic Motor Car Company, and then Chase and his family flew to Bangkok for a lengthy vacation.

At one point, Peterson’s complaint says, "With Chase's direction, and at his expense, Peterson moved into L'Auberge, where she lived for approximately another four years.

"During this time, Chase continued to pay the rent and pay all her bills. Chase gave her expensive and exotic cars to drive, including a Ferrari, a Porsche, and a Mercedes Benz."

But their happiness did not last, according to the document.

In June of 2000, Chase called Peterson late at night demanding that she come to Chase's house in Solana Beach. As she arrived, she recognized the cars of her adult children in the drive, amongst others.

Upon entering, she learned that Chase had thrown a wild party, where he had dispensed ecstacy and alcohol liberally to the attendees that included her young adult children. The party goers were passed out all about the house.

Chase, in contrast, was very much awake, in an agitated state, and appeared to be under the influence of some drug.

When Chase caught sight of Peterson, he rushed at her, ripped her clothes off, and raped and sodomized her.

When she resisted, he became raging and violent, and literally picked Peterson up and threw her against the bed platform and bathroom counter several times.

Peterson drove home and then sought medical help, the complaint says. "Peterson did not tell the medical personnel what had happened to cause her injuries because she was terrified of Chase."

The allegation also claims:

In 2001, Jane was at home at Chase's La Jolla house. As she normally had full run of the house, she went into her father's room and found him having sex with her half-sister, Peterson's then-adult daughter, for whom Chase was, the only father figure she knew.

Chase yelled at Jane to get out of the room, and continued with the statement, “She’s not my biological daughter."

Chase has a fetish for oral sex. He would regularly push Peterson onto her knees and forced her to orally copulate him. This was humiliating, and given Peterson's hip injury, it became increasingly painful over the years.

The relationship finally ended for good, the complaint says, after one of Peterson's trips to get money from Chase.

On another visit Symbolic by Peterson, Chase was hosting a number of San Diego Charger football players, endeavoring to sell them the dealership's high-end cars.

Peterson walked in looking ill and coughing. As she went down a walkway, Chase grabbed her by the back of her neck. He pushed her violently into the women's restroom and against a wall; Peterson fell to the floor.

Chase screamed at her, "Don't talk to my clients!"

Shortly after this incident, Chase evicted her from the home he had been renting for her. Within months, Chase stopped all financial support and cancelled her health insurance.

Chase's attorney filed a document with the court in December 2010 asserting that Peterson's complaint contained "irrelevant, improper, and scurrilous material."

Court records show the case was dismissed by the parties in May 2012 without trial. Chase and Peterson could not immediately be reached for comment.

As first reported here in October 2012, South Beach Acquisitions of La Jolla, an entity associated with Chase, made a $120,000 donation to “San Diegans in Support of Bob Filner for Mayor - 2012” in September 2012.

Published reports have said that the South Beach transaction was part of a money-laundering operation involving ex–San Diego cop Ernesto Encinas, Ravneet Singh, identified as a political consultant from Washington, D.C., and lobbyist Marco Polo Cortes, all of whom have been charged in a case brought by federal prosecutors.

José Susumo Azano, a Mexican national, has been identified in published accounts as the alleged ultimate source of the funds.

District Attorney Dumanis, whose mayoral hopes were backed by an independent expenditure committee that received $100,000, got a total of $9000 in mayoral contributions from Chase and other employees of Symbolic, city records show.

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monaghan Jan. 27, 2014 @ 12:21 p.m.

Gosh, it's not just Mitt Romney living in the La Jolla neighborhood of Symbolic Motors, there's "Wolf of Wall Street" goings-on too.

As for all this salacious detail, don't semi-smart people usually restrict public access to such court records? Pretty steamy stuff here, Readerwriter.


Lancer Jan. 27, 2014 @ 4:22 p.m.

I have to say I expect more from the Reader and reporter Matt Potter. I have long been a fan of the Reader but this article is ridiculous. It is nothing more than regurgitating the "allegations" in a lawsuit. The Reader has a responsibility to report truth and separate it from innuendo. No interviews with anyone involved and no fact checking other than hiding behind "suit claims". I know the two principal people written about in the article and Mr. Potter may have wanted to interview Jacquie, if he could make it through the interview. Mr. Potter may have wanted to find out who the other children father(s) are. What ties to wealth do they have?

This is like asking someone if they have ever been caught beating their spouse. Whatever way it is answered it appears there is guilt. This case was settled out of court. What if none of the allegations are true? In the United States, you are innocent until PROVEN guilty. Obviously, this does not matter to the Reader. They are happy to be the judge, jury and executioner in their kangaroo trial by press.

Shame on you.


photog921 Jan. 27, 2014 @ 6:51 p.m.

I do think we need to know as much as we can about all the characters in this drama. And sometimes it's not going to be pretty. Not sure what the previous commenter is saying about people (Jaquie? other people's fathers?) and different children of Chase? Not sure what he's talking about but he seems to be injecting some personal connections he has? I would say people are interested in the connections of the people in the federal case of which Mr. Chase is apparently a significant part. At this point motives and who's who is still up in the air.


monaghan Jan. 27, 2014 @ 9:12 p.m.

Certainly we are all shocked, shocked. And "what if none of the allegations are true?" Um, well, maybe Mr. Potter WILL interview Jacquie -- if she allows it -- and I'll be right there, reading every scandalous word.

This was a transcript of a lawsuit on the public record that was not suppressed by either Jacquie or her abusive lover -- pretty stupid, if you ask me. But then, these people clearly were never intelligent or discreet: they were into maximizing personal gain --including by funneling money illegally into prominent political campaigns.


KLoEditor Jan. 28, 2014 @ 9:31 a.m.

Not sure what this has to do with money being illegally funneled into a bunch of local campaigns, except to show that we truly have become New Jersey/Las Vegas West.

Fun and interesting. Irrelevant, and embarrassing. Most of all terribly sad, and probably avoidable, had not so many Republicans held the reins in San Diego for so many years. It was just a matter of time, with the greed and corruption crowd in power, before this city would be overrun by these types of characters.

Miss Bob Filner yet?


gailwhite Jan. 29, 2014 @ 1:50 p.m.

I am appalled at this Journalist and the Editor of The San Diego Reader! I have personally known Marc Chase for over 16 years and have done several business transactions with him at Symbolic Motors. I know Marc to be an extremely honest hard working individual. As far as the Palimony suit filed by Jacque, aka : "Train Wreck" in and around the Del Mar neighborhood. She is referred to what we say in the medical community as a prescription drug liability. Sensationalism is the ugliest part of the courtroom in what I label the; "SUE-S-A". Marc is an outstanding single father to his daughter you refer to as Jane. She is a lovely well adjusted young woman given the absent Mother figure so important in a young girls upbringing. Marc is innocent of these allegations and his good standing in this community stands strong!

privately renamed THE SAN DIEGO BLEEDER!!!


tesla June 17, 2014 @ 9:31 p.m.

Thomas DeSoto is right on the mark-It was Bernie and all of contacts that made the business. The article did not mention that Jacquies daughter that Mark was doing was actually his brother Bernie's daughter--NOW THAT IS SICK.


tesla June 17, 2014 @ 9:54 p.m.

Thomas Desota was right on about older brother Bernie being the brains of the operation. He exited and left the county at the right time. Marc was a big prick who deserves his punishment- Let's hope he does not get probation.


riptide Sept. 20, 2015 @ 11:34 p.m.

I also know Marc Chase personally and have done business with him. He is one of the most generous and kind people that I know. I am proud to be his friend. He is totally being set up.


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