Clovis auto broker accused of cheating customers out of $2.3 Million
October 4, 2017
• Business owner charged in alleged fraudulent sale of 48 newer-model vehicles
• Booked on 98 charges
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has arrested Scott Radtke of Clovis on charges relating to fraudulent transactions estimated at more than $2.3 million.
DMV investigators, working with the Clovis and Tulare police departments, say a five-month probe into Mr. Radtke’s California Motoring Company auto broker business in Clovis uncovered the apparent fraudulent sale of 48 newer-model vehicles that cheated 64 victims out of an estimated $2,304,765. Those defrauded include consumers, auto dealerships, and lending institutions, investigators say.
Mr. Radtke, 55, was booked into the Fresno County Jail on 98 criminal counts, including forgery, grand theft of personal property, identity theft, theft by false pretenses, theft from elderly or dependent adults, and passing checks with insufficient funds, the DMV says.
The DMV says it opened its investigation after receiving information that a new car dealership in southern California could not cash a check from Mr. Radtke’s business because of insufficient funds. The DMV, along with Clovis and Tulare police departments, received numerous additional complaints against CMC during the ensuing months, including allegations of grand theft and identity theft.