• Dec 4, 2007


When easy money is there for the taking, it takes a strong person to walk away. For David Delgado of Mercedes-Benz of Laguna Niguel, the temptation was more than he could bare. Delgado worked for an employer with very little fiscal oversight, and in the end, the service lot attendant helped relieve the dealership of $1.053 million of its precious green-backs. The busy Mercedes dealership, which sells 450 new and used vehicles per month, entrusted Delgado with approving time cards for 27 temp workers at the car wash. Since nobody was watching over Delgado, he was able to work out deals with the workers to let them overcharge for hours worked, in exchange for getting a portion of that money for himself.

The scam worked for over three years before someone reported Delgado, which led to his confession of the crime. Delgado has to pay back all the money the dealership lost, and serve 18 months in federal prison for his felony crime. While it's good to see that justice was served in this situation, it boggles the mind how such a booming dealership could not notice an extra $1 million in car wash labor and not even notice. It's almost as bad as Delgado entrusting 27 people with his secret and thinking nobody would ever feel slighted and turn him in.

[Source: Auto News]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      "....it boggles the mind how such a booming dealership could not notice an extra $1 million in car wash labor and not even notice. "

      Double Negative Notice?
      • 7 Years Ago
      To Marais...Please name one corrupt world leader that received a free Mercedes. Thanks...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Scary thing is that dealership moves 450 cars a month. There is an even larger MB dealership about 10 miles away that sells even more... Fletcher Jones in Newport sells more MB cars then anyone else in the world.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Makes you wonder if management was merely complacent or if someone above Delgado was in on the scam.

      @ the marais -

      your comment is wide of the mark. This particular person was employed by the dealer, i.e. a franchise owner. Besides, manufacturers are not responsible for their customers' behavior.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ha! I almost took at job at this dealership... perhaps I should have.
      jw
      • 7 Years Ago
      THIS GOES ALOT FARTHER UP THE FOOD CHAIN...ONLY AN IDIOT COULD MISS THIS KIND OF EXPENSE ON THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT..WHY IS THE GM STILL THERE???
      • 7 Years Ago
      "it boggles the mind how such a booming dealership could not notice an extra $1 million in car wash labor and not even notice"


      huh?

      Bloggers have a bad tendency to not even read over their blurbs once before posting them, this makes no sense...

      I think he's trying to say that they didn't notice an extra million was headed out the window... and they didn't even notice lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy crap! Good luck paying back all that money David!
      • 7 Years Ago
      +1 Reputation points for that awesome graphic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      rgseidl--or perhaps someone above him had his (or her) own scam going separate from Delgado.
      ("Gina Delgado is alive, alive! The Real Don Steele")
      • 7 Years Ago
      A "ghost" payroll is a better, less riskier way of scamming a casual payroll account. Non-existent employees can't rat you out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My guess is that the temp workers were illegals, and Delgado probably threatened to go to ICE if they said anything.

      Graphic would have been funnier if you used Hoss Delgado
        • 7 Years Ago
        or the ham-burglar
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