Fake auto body workers arrested
Boca Raton, FL Two Virginia men, who called themselves professional auto body repair specialists, are behind bars after scamming several people into thinking they were getting legitimate work done.
It started back in January when Blue and John Marks approached a 71 year old woman sitting in her front yard on Coquina Way. The men approached the woman and offered to repair damage to the white Mercedes in her driveway. After consulting with her husband, she agreed to let the two men make the repairs for $750. No written estimate or receipt was given to the couple. Two days later, the couple's house was burglarized. During the investigation, the couple told police about the two men who had done repairs to their car.
Boca Raton Detectives then went to the bank where the check was cashed and were able to obtain one of the Virginia drivers license numbers used to cash the check. While talking to neighbors it was learned that another person in the neighborhood let the men work on his two cars. All three cars were taken to a licensed auto body shop for evaluation. It was determined none of the work done on the cars was up to an acceptable standards.
In early February investigators received a call that the two men were back in the area doing another repair. Boca Raton Detective Ron Mello arrived at the scene and questioned the individuals. His investigation revealed that the two men are brothers. They said they were not licensed to do auto body repairs in the state of Florida as required by law. They added that they owned an auto body shop in Virginia called Pro Auto Body. The brothers also admitted they did repair work on the two previous customer's cars and didn't provide a written quote.
During the course of the investigation it was also determined that one of the brothers, Blue Marks had numerous charges against him in Fairfax County, Virginia for soliciting body repair work without a license. Both brothers were subsequently charged with Organized Scheme to Defraud.
Blue Marks James Marks
Alexandria, VA Alexandria, VA
DOB: 10/27/88 DOB: 10/17/85