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Release* ††† ††††††Date: February 3, 2010
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* ††† ††††††Date: February 3, 2010
Auto dealers charged with scamming customers
County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan today announced the arrest of two Colts Neck
men on charges of stealing $229,000 from a real estate investor and about $500,000
from 32 individuals and companies that gave vehicles to sell on consignment at
the defendantsí two used car centers in
Brett Golkin (DOB 3/23/62) and Peter Schladebeck (DOB 12/6/63) were charged with facilitation, theft by deception, and theft by failure to make the required disposition of cash received for the vehicles. Facilitation is the possession of proceeds derived from criminal activity.
In addition, they were charged with a count of issuing $59,289 in bad checks between May 8, 2009, and August 5, 2009, after three vehicle owners demanded payment.
investigation by Lt. Daniel DelBagno and Investigator
defendants, owners of
investigation began after the individuals who purchased the vehicles began
calling authorities after they paid
Original owners held onto the titles while they waited for payment from Golkin and Schladebeck, who were keeping the money they received from the sale of each vehicle.
Initially, the car dealers had agreed to pay the owners for the vehicles and keep a commission for themselves. Instead, they used the proceeds to pay personal expenses.
The investigation also showed that on October 15, 2008, the defendants accepted $229,000 from an investor to assist in the purchase of real estate. Golkin and Schladebeck kept the investorís money and never told him they already owned the property.
are currently being held at the
with information regarding this on-going investigation, or believes they have
been defrauded by
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Golkin and Schladebeck are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.