Three owners of a Manteca, Calif., recreational vehicle dealership pleaded not guilty to fraud and embezzlement charges Thursday (Sept. 30) in San Joaquin County Superior Court, according to the Stockton Record.
Naiel Ammari, Nazeh Ammari and Nabeel Ammari, owners of Best RV Center, are accused of swindling eight people out of their money through a rental scheme over a two-year period. All three brothers face a maximum sentence of eight years each in state prison.
As part of a recurring scheme, the owners told prospective RV purchasers they could get money to help defray part of the cost of their RV if they allowed the Ammaris to rent the vehicles. The rental income was to have been split with the owners. The owners, however, allegedly kept all the money and did not disclose some rentals to owners.
The brothers face charges of conspiracy to defraud another of property, grand theft, false advertising, insurance fraud, obtaining money by false pretenses and embezzlement.
Two of the three brothers appeared in court Thursday afternoon with their attorneys. Nabeel Ammari, who was in the country temporarily on a visa, has returned to Jordan, his native country, Tracy attorney John Casenave said.
A couple of the alleged victims, Bob Walsh of Modesto and Bill West of Ceres, also were at the hearing. Walsh said the tires on his RV were worn, the wheels had to be realigned and that 6,000 miles were logged on his RV that he didn’t know about.