MELBOURNE, Fla. - A Melbourne woman claims a dealership sold her car on consignment and then kept her $19,000. And she's not the only customer claiming that happened at USA Auto and Lending.
Action 9's Todd Ulrich confronted the dealership for answers, and found its former owner is linked to a $32 million fraud investigation.
Rozalia Stocky didn't think anything could go wrong when she picked the licensed dealership to sell her 2011 Mercedes on consignment. It sold, but she claims when the dealer paid her with a $19,000 check, it bounced.
“I could not believe a dealer could do this to you," Stocky said.
Stocky claims five months later, USA Auto and Lending still refuses to pay her.
“If you don't have the money, then return my car," she said.
Stocky and another customer who claims USA sold his car and never paid filed complaints with Melbourne police.
According to Stocky, after the check bounced she was told everything would be handled by Tom Biddix. He had been the dealership's vice president, but his father is now listed as USA Auto's president.
Biddix faces a major fraud trial. He was arrested in 2014 after prosecutors charged he defrauded the federal government of $32 million by diverting funds for a phone assistance program.
Ulrich tried to find Biddix at USA Auto's Melbourne location.
“I'm here about cars sold on consignment,” said Ulrich.
An employee said he was just waiting for a manager but would try to contact Biddix.
“She claims the dealer sold her car then kept all the cash,” said Ulrich.
“Well, I'm just a driver,” replied the employee.
Stocky received several text messages from Biddix promising a check. That did not happen, and he did not return Ulrich’s calls.
“I couldn't believe it. It just blew me away. It's unreal,” said Stocky.
Action 9 contacted Melbourne police. The agency sent two complaints to the Brevard County Economic Crimes Task Force.
Both consumers can also file claims against the dealership's bond to recover some of their money.
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