By Lindsay Cohen email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office is now investigating car salesman who's acused of stealing deposits and writing false receipts.
Update, THU 9 AM: Deputies have launched an investigation into a local car salesman after nearly a dozen customers have come forward saying they were swindled out of thousands of dollars.
The investigation centers around a former salesman at Palm Beach Pre-Owned, a car dealership on Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach. Customers say they paid thousands in cash to a single car salesman, only to get bogus receipts and - later - the runaround.
"He hurt people in this community that he did business with, and it's just disgusting what happened here," said Steve Lavine, who co-owns the dealership. "We trusted the guy, also. The only thing that we could do and the best thing that we could do was to really refund their money, so that they weren't victims."
Lavine believes the salesman may have taken as much as $20,000 from customers giving them bogus receipts and failing to report the sales to the dealership.