Four new indictments filed against car dealer
Slew of charges increase for Dusty Old Cars owner
BRENTWOOD – While embattled former car dealer Stephan Condodemetraky and his attorneys were preparing last week for Monday afternoon’s motions hearing in a Nashua courtroom, a grand jury in Rockingham County was in the process of handing up four new indictments accusing him of additional offenses in that jurisdiction.
The charges – two counts each of fraud in sales and purchases of securities and tampering with witnesses and informants – bring to 35 the number of offenses with which Condodemetraky, 50, of 2 Dorothy’s Way in Bedford, is now facing.
Monday’s hearing, meanwhile, is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. in Judge Charles Temple’s courtroom at Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua.
Its purpose is to hear the sides’ arguments on motions that remain pending as the case moves toward trial, jury selection for which is currently scheduled to take place on Jan. 22.
Seven of Condodemetraky’s 35 charges are filed in the Nashua court, while the majority – 20 – are filed in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord.
The eight others, including the four new ones, are in the Rockingham County court.
The slew of charges stems from a variety of allegations involving Condodemetraky’s now defunct classic car consignment dealership, known as Dusty Old Cars.
He has been accused over the course of the more than two-year case of regularly keeping the proceeds from consignment sales without paying the owners of the vehicle, paying a fraction of the net sales price, charging for what customers described as “bogus fees” and “phantom repairs” and forging signatures on various documents.
In Nashua, meanwhile, the charges include six counts of theft by misapplication of property in an amount more than $1,501, and one count of the same charge in an amount between $1,001-$1,500, according to the indictments.
They accuse him of “recklessly” failing to pay seven people the net proceeds of consignment sales they were owed.
Condodemetraky’s saga started some 2 1/2 years ago, when stories about customers being cheated started to surface.
The complaints ranged from buyers not getting the car they bought to allegations by consignment sellers that they never saw their share of the profits.
Complaints began streaming into the state Attorney General’s office, which, according to reports and previous testimony, sent Condodemetraky scrambling for financing to pay off the complainants.
Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, firstname.lastname@example.org or @Telegraph_DeanS.