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Warrants: Raleigh man earned $53K selling cars with altered mileage

Posted September 10, 2014

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— A Raleigh man faces more than 50 charges stemming from accusations that he changed the mileage on vehicles and then sold them.

Arrest warrants accuse Flavio Ricardo de Oliveira, 39, of 4317 Dyer St., of altering odometers on 22 cars and trucks between February 2012 and May 2014.

Fifteen of them he sold, according to warrants, for $53,500.

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles' License and Theft Bureau charged Oliveira with 20 violations of changing vehicle mileage, 17 violations of altering a title and 15 counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

He was arrested Tuesday and jailed at the Wake County Detention Center under a $200,000 bond.

Oliveira, who is a Brazilian citizen, was also placed under an immigration detainer by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 11, 2014

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    Correction: "If last-year's-mileage is Greater Than this-year's-mileage, then pull the license plate, send in an investigator, etc."

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 11, 2014

    The new inspection process reports VIN and mileage each time. Not sure how long this will continue to be a problem...at least in NC. Seems like DMV would quickly notice the mileage difference from the previous year...with a simple line of code "if last-year-mileage less than this-year-mileage".

    This makes a good argument for making this system nationwide in order to track cross-state sales with modifications.

  • iopsyc Sep 11, 2014

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    An immigration detainer is notification to local police that DHS is interested in assuming custody of the suspect and not to release the individual. When local police are done with the suspect, they talk to DHS who comes over and picks up the person (so there is no lapse in custody).

  • iopsyc Sep 11, 2014

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    The article is actually unclear on that. It simply states that 15 cars were sold for $53,500. There's no mention of that being his profit, and without additional details I too presume it averages out to $3,566 per car.

  • Naysayer Sep 11, 2014

    Future Dem voter in the making.

  • REPUBLICAN HANS Sep 11, 2014

    Why does he get a 200,000 bond when someone who commits a violent felony only gets say...20k?

  • Tom Smith Sep 11, 2014
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    oh and no, it does not mean that he will be deported. ICE may very well determine that he is here illegally and still not deport him. thank you ........ insert partisan politics here.......

  • Tom Smith Sep 11, 2014
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    a detainer means just what it says. he is held until 1) he proves his legal status here in the country or 2) ICE looks at his status and determines whether or not they will deport him. this is all seperate and apart from his other legal issues.

  • John Murphy Sep 11, 2014
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    He MADE that amount over and above what he paid for the cars. That was his profit.

  • Maureen Mercer Sep 10, 2014
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    Make him back the people he ripped off, then deport him.

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