Police Arrest Dealership Employee for Identity Theft

By Staff Writer August 09, 2019

A former dealership employee who allegedly used an identity stolen from a store customer to purchase a sports car was arrested on a felony warrant.

Randall Cepi worked at a Nissan dealership in Winslow, Ariz., in March 2018. The Arizona Department of Transportation alleges that he used a customer’s personal information to purchase a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette from a dealership in Flagstaff.

The victim had bought a new half-ton pickup from the Nissan dealership. About a week later, Cepi used her personal information to obtain a loan to buy the Corvette.

He arranged to have the victim’s signature forged on the dealership and loan documents.

The victim became aware of the scheme a few weeks later when she received insurance and finance information for the Corvette. She filed a complaint with ADOT’s Office of Inspector General, and detectives with the Dealer Investigation Unit opened an investigation.

The dealership in Flagstaff called Cepi, demanding that he return the Corvette. Instead, he abandoned the car at the Nissan dealership where he worked and disappeared. While searching for Cepi, ADOT detectives brought the case before a grand jury where the felony warrant was issued.

Cepi was found working at a dealership in Gallup, N.M., where he was arrested on July 29. He will be extradited to Arizona to face charges of fraud schemes and forgery, theft of means of transportation and taking the identity of another.

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