A Winslow car salesman is being extradited from New Mexico to Arizona after he used a customer’s information to buy a sports car and leave the customer with the bill.
A grand jury charged Randall Cepi, 31, based off of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) detective’s investigation into Cepi’s purchase history and employment records, according to an ADOT press release. Cepi allegedly stole the insurance information from a customer where he worked in Winslow to purchase a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette from a dealership in Flagstaff.
Cepi was able to retrieve the victim’s information when she entered Tate’s Nissan dealership in Winslow to purchase a new half-ton pickup.
A week later, Cepi used her personal information to obtain a loan to buy the Corvette. He arranged to have the victim’s signature forged on the dealership and loan documents.
The victim eventually received insurance and loan information for a vehicle she did not purchase a few weeks later. She filed a complaint with ADOT’s Office of Inspector General, and detectives with the Dealer Investigation Unit opened an investigation.
The dealership in Flagstaff was made aware of the situation and called Cepi, demanding he return the Corvette. Instead, he abandoned the sports car at the dealership in Winslow, where he worked. He then disappeared.
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While Cepi was in hiding, ADOT detectives brought the case before a grand jury to obtain the felony warrant.
Cepi was eventually found on July 29 working at a dealership in Gallup, New Mexico. He was arrested by local authorities.
He is now being extradited to face charges of fraud schemes and forgery, theft of means of transportation and taking the identity of another.
“Checking your credit report after a major purchase, such as a vehicle, is a good way to make sure no one is using your information without your knowledge,” according to the ADOT release. “Each of the major credit bureaus will provide you one free credit report each year.”
Detectives with ADOT’s Office of Inspector General also investigate fraud involving vehicle title and registration, licensed and unlicensed dealers, and support investigations by state, local and federal law enforcement.