Saturday, August 16, 2008

Towing Operators Arrested In Palm Springs For Allegedly Stealing Cars, Overcharging

KMIR image, fair comment and criticism

There is a cryptic report coming out of Palm Springs, California of towing operators arrested for extortion, conspiracy, and taking cars without the owner's consent. I say the story is "cryptic" because...

...the television station reporting it, KMIR, doesn't even reveal the name of the towing company in the text of their online story. However, two images associated with the story bear the name "Desert Automotive Specialists." A Google search reveals a "Desert Automotive Specialists, LLC" is associated with Jason Slater and Micheal Slater, two names mentioned in the KMIR story.

The Slaters are each charged with 6 counts of extortion, 2 counts of conspiracy, and 4 counts of taking a vehicle without the owner's consent, according to KMIR. The story sums up the charges this way: stealing cars and overcharging people to get their cars out of impound.

Two other individuals--Michael Mata and David Taylor--are charged with one count of extortion.

Still on the loose and sought by authorities are two employees: Paul Mata and Jose Moreno.

Towing Utopia Dot Com says: Turn yourselves in, gentlemen.

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