News Story

 

Arrest of Suspects for Felony Fraud Pertaining to Sale of Vehicles
9/14/2017 10:15:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident:

Arrest of Suspects for Felony Fraud Pertaining to Sale of Vehicles

 

Report Number:

17-106580

Location:

Camarillo

Date & Time:

September 14, 2017

                                               

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Police Department / Ventura County District Attorney's Office / Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force (VenCATT) / Department of Motor Vehicles Investigators / Ventura County Sheriff's S.W.A.T. Team

 

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

 

S-1 Bridgette Loraine Gallo

Camarillo

 

S-2 Richard Cory Neal

Camarillo

 

Narrative:

On 09/14/17, investigators from the Camarillo Police Department, the Ventura County District Attorney's Office, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and the Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force (VenCATT), culminated an investigation that led to the arrest of the above listed suspects for fraudulently selling vehicles they did not own.   A search warrant was also served at the couple's residence, in the 2800 block of Walker Avenue, in the City of Camarillo.

 

On 07/25/17, Camarillo Police Department detectives received information that S1-Gallo and S2-Neal were selling vehicles they did not own.  They would advertise the vehicles on Craigslist or other internet locations.  One tactic the couple used was when the victims would come to look at the vehicles; they would offer to write down a lower purchase price on the Bill of Sale in order to reduce the sales tax owed by the victim. 

 

The suspects would usually offer to forward the title to the victims at a later time, but when the suspects contacted the victims later, they would explain the title was not clear and there was actually a lien holder for the car.  The suspects would offer to return the amount on the written receipt to the victim; however, this amount was usually thousands of dollars less than what the victim had actually paid.  Some of the victims actually took the suspects to civil court and won judgments against the suspects, but this did not stop the suspects from continuing with their illegal transactions. Camarillo detectives know of at least two separate incidents where the same car was sold to a victim, re-possessed, and then re-sold to a separate victim within days.

 

So far, investigators have identified six victims who had been sold vehicles under false pretenses and defrauded out of about $40,000.00.  Detectives believe there may be additional victims.

 

If you believe you have been a victim of this couple, or have information that you believe can assist investigators, please call the Camarillo Police Department's News Story Hotline, at 805-388-5151.

 

 

Prepared by:

Detective Gerardo Cruz

 

News Release Date:

09/14/17

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Franchi

805-388-5135

John.Franchi@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

 

Captain Paris