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Total in Paramus car sale ripoffs tops $250,000, authorities allege

Photo Credit: Courtesy PARAMUS PD

ANOTHER CVP SCOOP: A widening investigation has found that two Paramus car dealership employees pocketed more than $250,000 in deposits, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.

Steven Amato, 45, of Clifton and Robert Scott, 43, of East Orange were arrested last June following a lengthy investigation by Paramus police working with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

Both were charged in connection with deposits from customers at Hyundai of Paramus on Route 4 that were pocketed and not included on applications to finance companies, authorities said.

Investigators working with Mercedes Financial Services and Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, among others, found additional alleged victims.

This week, a grand jury returned an indictment charging Amato and Scott with conspiring to commit theft through the use of computers, among other counts, beginning in October 2010 and continuing through the middle of last June.

Amato is additionally charged with theft by deception.

Both remained free on bail.

The investigation began last May, after customers complained to police of “discrepancies and changes in their original sales contracts when compared to those of their lending companies that they would make their payments to,” Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said after their arrests.

“These changes included missing down payments and forged signatures,” the chief said.

MUGSHOTS: Courtesy PARAMUS PD

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