On Monday, a judge decided there was enough evidence to send John Mussari, the former owner of Mussari Motors in Miramar, to trial. Mussari is accused of cheating clients out of tens of thousands of dollars. NBC 7 Investigates reporter Mari Payton has more.
On Monday, a former Miramar car dealer accused of cheating customers was bound over for trial, expected to start next month.
Thanks to reports from NBC 7 Investigates, the District Attorney's Office says more potential victims have come forward, and they were finally able to get enough evidence to go to trial.
NBC 7 Investigates first revealed customer complaints about Mussari and his high-end car dealership, Mussari Motors, in Nov. 2011.
Five years after the first complaints of theft and financial fraud were reported to the DMV, John Mussari was bound over for trial on 16 counts and five allegations.
“Our goal is to obtain as much restitution as possible and to also seek justice on their behalf," Deputy District Attorney Luis Mendez said. "A lot of them are very upset and they took time out of their lives today to testify.”
Mendez said Mussari took pre-owned Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Mercedes on consignment, sold single cars to multiple buyers, never paid the original owners and defrauded finance companies and banks.
John Mussari was formally charged with 16 felonies in February.
He remains free on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to be back in court Dec. 4.
Mussari is also the target of a federal investigation that involves money laundering and drug trafficking proceeds.
Mussari's lawyer, Anthony Colombo, didn't want to comment Monday afternoon, but previously pointed out to NBC 7 that the federal investigation has dragged on for years with no charges filed.