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Port Richey man used wax, Play-Doh for bogus car repairs, deputies say

PORT RICHEY — Deputies arrested a man accused of providing bogus auto body work, and they are looking for other people who may have been scammed.

Nicholas Johnson, 33, of Port Richey was arrested last week on a charge of scheming to defraud. He offered to provide auto body work to three victims, but only used Play-Doh and wax to cover up the damage, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

He claimed he would return the next day to finish the repairs, but never did, deputies said.

The Sheriff's Office believes Johnson found his victims by driving around neighborhoods and parking lots, finding people who needed auto body repair and then approaching them.

Johnson was released after posting $5,150 bail, but detectives are pursuing leads on other potential victims. Anyone with information may call Det. Bruce Cohen toll-free at 1-800-706-2488, Ext. 7213.

Port Richey man used wax, Play-Doh for bogus car repairs, deputies say 12/19/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:13pm]
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