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The former owner of a large recreational vehicle sales center in Temecula, Calif., was arrested Tuesday (Nov. 7) on charges he victimized a half-dozen people in a half-million-dollar scam.
According to The Californian, Jan Eric Weilert, 58, was arrested about 8 a.m., as he left his home, just outside Temecula in the Wine Country area, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Detectives served a search warrant at the home.
Weilert was arrested on suspicion of six counts of grand theft and two counts of being a non-caretaker who steals from an elderly victim, authorities said. He was booked and was being held Tuesday night in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Weilert is accused of preying on six people who came to him between 2002 and 2005 to sell their motorhomes – either on consignment or as a trade-in for a newer RV, said sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez. Two of those six victims are elderly, ages 70 and 79, which led to the elder theft counts, authorities said.
According to detectives, Weilert would agree to pay off the outstanding balance of the seller’s outstanding loan on the motorhome, but then wouldn’t actually do so. He’d then sell that RV to an unsuspecting buyer who would be unable to register or get insurance for the vehicle because they didn’t have clear title, Gutierrez said.
Detectives say they believe some of Weilert’s alleged crimes happened before and after his license to sell vehicles was revoked sometime in 2002. The loss to victims as now charged tops $555,000, Gutierrez said.
According to a 1999 article in The Californian, Weilert claimed he was doing $30 million in sales at his six RV centers, including the one in Temecula. However, in April 1997, the company filed Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy, listing $6.9 million in debt.