Car Scheme Arrests

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


Four people have been arrested in what Kissimmee police call a car cloning scheme.

Police said the four arrested Thursday were involved in a scheme to steal cars, change car titles and alter vehicle identification numbers.

Steve Griffith, the alleged ring leader, is charged with grand theft auto, dealing in stolen property, title fraud and possession of a vehicle with an altered VIN. He's being held on $110,000 bond.

His daughter, Jamie, was arrested on charges of title fraud and dealing in stolen property. She's being held on $30,000 bond.

Jacob Mench was charged in a new case with title fraud and grand theft auto. Jesus Pintado is charged with grand theft auto and possession of a vehicle with an altered VIN. He's in federal custody on escape charges.

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