An El Paso, Texas, shop owner who allegedly has taken consumers’ money, held vehicles and not performed repairs has been charged with four counts of deceptive trade practice.
KFOX-TV reports that Cesar Lopez of CRL Collision has been accused of refusing to release several customers’ cars without performing repairs. His brother, David Lopez, shop manager, is also facing two counts of deceptive trade practice.
One CRL customer, Amanda Caprio, says that she left the car with CRL in September 2009, and her insurance company paid the collision center $4,000 to perform body work. Caprio claims that her car hasn’t been repaired, and CRL refuses to release it.
“Finally filing charges is a big relief for me,” she told the TV station. “I feel like I’m getting justice for all the stress and emotional struggle I went through for eight months.”
Assistant County Attorney Manuel Romero told the TV station that his office is seeking the return of the vehicles and restitution for any money that was paid to CRL.
“Ultimately, the goal of the county attorney’s office is to obtain justice,” he said.
Lopez’s attorney did not comment to KFOX on the case.