A Tampa, Fla.-area retailer has had his RV and motor vehicle dealership licenses suspended for allegedly failing to pay the owners of RVs that he sold on consignment, according to the Tampa Tribune newspaper.
The allegations are against Holiday RV Center, a two-location dealership in Pasco County, which is north of Tampa.
No criminal charges have been filed against Holiday RV Center or its owner, Joseph Guglielmo.
Guglielmo declined to comment when contacted by the newspaper.
So far, 17 RV owners who provided their rigs to Holiday RV Center for consignment sales, claim they have not been paid. The New Port Richey, Fla., police are asking RV owners who turned their rigs over to the dealership, or other people who believe they might have been victims, to contact them.
The FBI also has gotten involved because authorities believe there probably are consignment sale customers who live outside of Florida.
The situation was first reported to authorities by a couple who decided in February to give their 1998 Itasca unit to Holiday RV Center for sale on consignment.
The couple, Jack and Shirley Ney, decided to move into a retirement community, but they owed $34,000 on their motorhome. Holiday RV Center agreed to pay the Neys $50,000 if it could sell their unit within 60 days.
However, the Neys had not heard from the dealership as of April, so they went to take back their motorhome. However, they were told it had been sold for $40,000, according to the newspaper.
A manager at the dealership said the Neys would a check for $5,600 after the dealership paid their loan balance. But the Neys still have not gotten their payment and their loan has not been paid-off, the newspaper reported.