Lead prosecutor leaving Dusty Old Cars case

Nashua trial set for September in car scheme

NASHUA – James Boffetti, the chief of the Consumer Affairs Bureau of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, is leaving the Dusty Old Cars prosecution team to focus on the state’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturer, Purdue Pharma.

Boffetti, speaking on Monday, said it was a tough choice to leave the case after working on it for years, but given his duties as the lead lawyer on the Purdue case, and investigations into other opioid manufacturers, he needed to step aside,

“It was a tough choice to step down,” Boffetti said.

New Hampshire, along with several other states, is suing OxyContin maker Purdue for its alleged deceptive marketing practices. Prosecutors from the states claim Purdue downplayed the addictive dangers of the drug in an effort to sell more product, and, therefore, contributed to the opioid addiction crisis gripping the U.S.

The state is pursuing 31 criminal charges against Dusty Old Cars owner Stephan Condodemetraky in three different courts, all stemming from alleged theft and other criminal activities related to his consignment car business. Condodemetraky has a pending motion in the Hillsborough Superior Court-South in Nashua seeking to have Boffetti and Assistant District Attorney John Garrigan dismissed from the case.

According to the motion, Condodemetraky claims the two prosecutors are disqualified from prosecuting the case because they are witnesses to a crime committed by of one of the state’s witnesses, Christopher Haes. Condodemetraky also claims the two prosecutors blocked his attempts to settle the case before his indictment.

Criminal attorney Greg Albert will be stepping into the case, and Boffetti said he has every confidence in Albert and Garrigan to prosecute the cases. Condodemetraky is facing 20 felonies in the Merrimack Superior Court in Concord; one count of witness tampering, nine counts of forgery and 10 counts of title application fraud. That trial is no longer on the schedule as depositions continue.

In Nashua, Condodemetraky is facing seven felony theft charges for “recklessly” failing to pay seven people the net proceeds of consignment sales they were owed. That trial is set to start on Sept. 17.

In the Rockingham Superior Court in Brentwood, Condodemetraky faces four counts, three alleging theft by deception, and one alleging theft by unauthorized taking. That case is still slated for a Dec. 3 trial.

Dusty Old Cars got its start in Derry, in Rockingham County, before it moved to an Airport Road facility in Nashua.

Several former consignment customers said Condodemetraky regularly kept the proceeds from the consignment sales without paying the owner of the vehicle. He sometimes paid a fraction of the net sales price, after charging for what the customers have said are bogus fees and phantom repairs. He is also accused of forging titles on cars.

The business is currently in the process of being liquidated through bankruptcy.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DF.