Miami-Dade Police this week arrested a used car dealership they said fell more than 81,000 miles from the odometer of a vehicle it sold to a customer in the year last.
Alejandro Quintero Romero, 41, was arrested on Tuesday for odometer tampering and organized fraud, according to a police report released on Friday evening.
On Friday, it was not clear whether Quintero, from Doral, had a lawyer. He could not be immediately reached for comment by phone or email.
According to the arrest report, he sold a 2010 Mazda CX9 to a woman for $ 9,148 from his dealership, Elite Motors of Miami, located at 6341 NW 84th Avenue, in October.
The odometer read about 100,000 miles at the time of sale, according to the report. After the car started to have mechanical issues, the owner took it to CarMax on July 9 to get an estimated value.
CarMax staff inspected the car and told the owner that the odometer had been tampered with and the reading was not accurate. A report from CarMax said the car’s actual mileage when it was brought in was 181,887 miles, police said.
This is the exact mileage that was recorded when Quintero bought it at auction in September 2020, police said.
When a detective looked at the odometer on July 30, he was reading 110,782 miles, according to the arrest report.
Quintero denied any wrongdoing when questioned by police, according to the report. Police said he told them the odometer reading was incorrect when he bought the car.
This story was originally published August 6, 2021 8:11 pm.