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Sunday, July 27, 2008

UNIVERSAL AUTO WORLD AND VICTORY TOYOTA USED CAR DEALERSHIPS ON LONG ISLAND CHARGED IN CAR SCAM AND STILL LINKED TO OPEN MURDER CASE.

July 25th 2008..... Lawrence Long Island used car dealerships tied to scam aiding criminals . A financial scheme operating out of two Lawrence car dealerships, Universal Auto World and Victory Toyota -- and uncovered during a murder probe .

UNIVERSAL AUTO WORLD helped drug dealers, pimps and gang members buy luxury cars and keep their names off motor vehicle records, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Wednesday.

The scheme operated out of Universal Auto World and Victory Toyota, investigators search yielded evidence of an alleged million-dollar fraud scheme at the Universal Auto World Lawrence, N.Y., dealership, which closed in June 2007.

Diane Peress, head of the district attorney's economic crimes bureau. said the corruption at Universal Auto World "went all the way to the top." Among the 11 people arrested in the probe was Christ Tsiropoulous, 38, of Bellmore, the former general manager and co-owner of Universal Auto World, and Mark Haley, 30, of Far Rockaway, the dealership's former finance manager. In all, 30 cars were purchased by ‘mystery’ buyers at Universal Auto World. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said that authorities may never know for certain why the drivers of these vehicles might want to distort their identity. “I can think of a lot of reasons why someone wouldn’t want their name on the books of a automobile, and none of them are good,” said Rice.


This is the same type of used car scam that has been run for years in support of terrorism by money laundering crime rings in the New York City area.. Criminal enterprises and support of terrorism often work hand in hand, see more here. Albanian Muslim mafia gangs, are replacing the Italian mafia as the organized crime outfit in the US, shipping stolen cars from the docks of New York and New Jersey to Dubai UAE in support of terrorism. The Albanian Muslim Mafia is run by Daut Kadriovski, the members of the Albanian Muslim Mafia need untraceable vehicles to operate out of, such as the vehicles made available at "Universal Auto World" on Long Island.

Source: : Automotive News, July 23, 2007
Situation;
Closed Long Island Universal Auto World under investigation in alleged million-dollar scam.
Owner Michael Oshry to be indicted for larceny, fraud, falsifying written statements.
Possible link being investigated w/ Jan killing of salesman Collin Thomas outside dealership.
Significant Points;
Nassau County DA has filed civil forfeiture lawsuit.

Alleges dealership employees paid straw buyers to sign loan documents for luxo cars.
Employees then sold/transferred cars to buyers who didn't want real names used.
Search of Oshry's Hewlett Harbor home turned up records required to be kept at dealership.
Notebooks listing cars transferred under the table found in desk of murdered employee .
Oshry denying any wrongdoing, points to 30 years w/ impeccable reputation in industry.
more from this source......................

As part of the homicide probe, Nassau County police raided the dealership, owned by auto czar Michael Oshry in 2007, and Oshry’s Hewlett Harbor home and seized business records. Cops found banking records were sent to the house, though the state requires such files be kept at businesses, according to court papers filed in a civil forfeiture action by the Nassau district attorney.


His ex-wife, Pamela Geller, former assoc publisher of the NY Observer and conservative blogger (Atlas Shrugs http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/  ) burst into tears when told her ex is under criminal investigation. Although listed in NY business records as (Pamela Oshry) a Universal Auto World co-owner, Geller denied it. “I have nothing to do with this.” Geller, more from this source....


See the for Fox News Video expose on "Universal Auto World" click here.
Prosecutors named the following as defendants (partial list) in the case:
1). Universal Auto Sales, 711 Burnside Ave. in Lawrence, is charged with scheme to defraud in the first degree, seven counts of grand larceny in the second degree, one count of grand larceny in the third degree, and 16 counts of falsification of business records in the first degree. Universal Auto World has been charged as a corporation and will face up to $80,000 in fines, (this is very unusual in a criminal case and would link all the corporation officers to the crime).
2). Rajmohan Autar, 33, of Queens Village, was arrested in Jan. 4 and charged with scheme to defraud in the first degree, seven counts of grand larceny in the second degree, one count of grand larceny in the third degree, and 14 counts of falsification of business records in the first degree. He is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted
3). Nazeem Mohamed, 43, of Richmond Hill, was arrested in Dec. 5, 2007, and charged with scheme to defraud in the first Degree, two counts of grand larceny in the second degree, three counts of grand larceny in the third degree, and five counts of falsification of business records in the first degree. He is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.
4). Haimraj Prashad, 38, of Jamaica, Queens, was arrested in Dec. 5, 2007, and charged with scheme to defraud in the first degree, four counts of grand larceny in the third degree, and four counts of falsification of business records in the first degree. He is facing a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted.

The New York Post says police are investigating the link between car dealer loan fraud at Universal Auto World in Lawrence, L.I. and the murder of 27-year-old salesman Collin Thomas outside the showroom. According to a civil forfeiture lawsuit, Universal employees paid "straw purchasers" (co-conspirators with a good credit history) to sign loan documents for more than $1.3m worth of luxury vehicles, which were then transferred to customers who didn't want their names to appear on the loan papers.
Police say car salesmen Dexter Bostick (aka Bostic) and Robert Ellis, who stand accused of firing upon NYPD Officers Herman Yan and Russel Timoshenko (who was killed), were involved with the scam. Bostick worked as a car salesman at nearby Five Towns Mitsubishi, which once employed the slain salesman. Ellis, who lived with Bostick, also may have once worked at Five Towns.
As part of the homicide probe, Nassau County police raided the dealership, owned by auto czar Michael Oshry in 2007, and Oshry's Hewlett Harbor home and seized business records. Cops found banking records were sent to the house, though the state requires such files be kept at businesses, according to court papers filed in a civil forfeiture action by the Nassau district attorney.
"The dealership knew what was going on," an investigator said, "all the way to the top". Ten managers and salesmen and Universal Auto have been charged. Most defendants, including the dealership, were charged with scheme to defraud and grand larceny, as well as other charges.
Nassau police began probing the dealerships after the 2007 shooting death of Collin Thomas, a salesman at "Universal Auto World". Rice's office is also investigating a link between the Thomas slaying and a car stolen from another Five Towns dealership that was used in the 2007 shooting of two New York City police officers.
Thomas' death remains unsolved. "This investigation started with a murder at Universal Auto World and eventually led the police department and my office into a tangled web of financial schemes and bogus identities," Rice said at a Mineola news conference.
The multipronged scheme involved identity theft, the sale of identities and tricking customers into buying car equipment in order to get loans. Identities stolen from four people -- including a Bay Shore woman and a West Hempstead man -- were used to buy 10 cars, Rice said. It appears the victims did not lose any money. The name of the Bay Shore woman -- whose bank discovered the problem -- was used to buy $250,000 worth of cars, including a $100,000 Maserati.
"They did not care who was driving these cars and they didn't care whose identities were at stake," Rice said.Investigators also found some employees at Victory Toyota tricked car buyers into buying extended warranties and anti-theft equipment -- pumping up vehicle prices and sales commissions. Dennis Cirillo, operations manager of Victory Toyota of the Five Towns, said the dealership was itself a victim of its three arrested employees.
Additionally, some customers have received refunds for non-essential equipment that they were forced to buy in order to get loans. Stephen Singer, a Queens attorney who represents Christ Tsiropoulos of Bellmore, the co-owner of Universal Auto who has been charged in the scheme, said only: "We have yet to take a plea." He wouldn't discuss the false identity scam.
Christ Tsiropoulos, 38, of Bellmore is the former general manager and co-owner of Universal Auto Sales, LLC. He was arrested in December 4, 2007 and charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, seven counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and 16 counts of Falsification of Business Records in the First Degree. He is represented by Steven Singer, Esq. He is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.

NYS Department of State Division of Corporations
Selected Entity Name: UNIVERSAL AUTO SALES LLC
DBA Universal Auto World, located at 711 Burnside Avenue in Lawrence Long Island NY
Initial DOS Filing Date: JANUARY 04, 2006
County: NASSAU
Jurisdiction: NEW YORK
Entity Type: DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
Selected Entity Address Information
(Address to which DOS will mail process if accepted on behalf of the entity)
UNIVERSAL AUTO SALES LLC HEWLETT HARBOR, NEW YORK, 11557



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