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Fake checks used to purchase seven cars from local dealers

A 23-year-old El Cajon woman who managed to fraudulently purchase nearly $200,000 worth of vehicles has been arrested and faces multiple charges related to the spending spree.

According to a report from Lt. Frank La Haye of the El Cajon Police Department, authorities began investigating after Amanda Uribe purchased a $30,000 Polaris RZR off-road vehicle from Motoworld of El Cajon last December using a check from a closed account.

Further investigation led to a Mercedes dealership that reported Uribe had attempted to pay for service on a Sprinter 12-passenger van using a fraudulent account. It was discovered that Uribe had purchased the van and an Audi A4 sedan from a San Diego dealer for $81,500 using the same account.

During her brief run, Uribe also managed to acquire a $31,000 Lexus, a $20,000 BMW, and two other cars from local dealerships — in total, her haul amounted to $181,500.

Uribe was booked on charges of identity theft, burglary, and grand theft. It’s possible, police note, that as the investigation continues more vehicles or property may be recovered, resulting in additional charges.

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A 23-year-old El Cajon woman who managed to fraudulently purchase nearly $200,000 worth of vehicles has been arrested and faces multiple charges related to the spending spree.

According to a report from Lt. Frank La Haye of the El Cajon Police Department, authorities began investigating after Amanda Uribe purchased a $30,000 Polaris RZR off-road vehicle from Motoworld of El Cajon last December using a check from a closed account.

Further investigation led to a Mercedes dealership that reported Uribe had attempted to pay for service on a Sprinter 12-passenger van using a fraudulent account. It was discovered that Uribe had purchased the van and an Audi A4 sedan from a San Diego dealer for $81,500 using the same account.

During her brief run, Uribe also managed to acquire a $31,000 Lexus, a $20,000 BMW, and two other cars from local dealerships — in total, her haul amounted to $181,500.

Uribe was booked on charges of identity theft, burglary, and grand theft. It’s possible, police note, that as the investigation continues more vehicles or property may be recovered, resulting in additional charges.

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Wow. There have to be some very red faces at those car stores. They tend to be careful about letting vehicles out without having the payment well verified. It usually requires nothing more than a quick phone call to the bank to determine that the check can be covered. This sounds like a scheme that involved an accomplice or maybe more than one. But there was no way those bogus checks would go undetected for very long, so shipping the cars out of state or out of the US sounds like the plan. And did she know the checks were bogus?

Jan. 9, 2015

Scam for sure but I think the major player here is greed. The dealers were so greedy that they took the deal on face value and never verified the check with the bank and only realized the problem when the bank called.

Jan. 10, 2015

What happened to the cars?

Jan. 10, 2015

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