Car dealership worker forged signature to get commission, cops say

MIAMI SHORES, Florida. — A CFO of a South Florida car dealership is accused of forging the signature of a woman who never agreed to co-sign a vehicle purchase, so she could earn a commission .

Sofia Pinedo, 31, was arrested on Thursday accused of forging someone’s signature on a document for a car purchase worth more than $50,000.

Pinedo works as a CFO at Tropical Chevrolet in Miami Shores.

On September 20, a man came to buy a car and his credit was not enough to buy it himself. So he used his ex-girlfriend as a co-signer, according to investigators.

Both of their signatures are on the paperwork, but the man’s ex says she never agreed to co-sign, never went to the dealership, and never signed a documents.

In Pinedo’s arrest report, police indicate that the victim provided two notarized documents bearing his signature and that these signatures clearly do not match those of the documents provided by the dealer.

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Police also checked license plate readers in Miami Shores and on South Florida freeways, and found no signs of the victim’s vehicle entering the area on September 30. In fact, the victim’s boss confirmed that she was at work that day in Cape Coral, the other side of the state.

So how did his signature end up on these documents?

Police say Pinedo told the man she would send the documents to her ex to sign, but instead forged the signature herself and submitted them, as she earned commission on each car. that she helped sell.

Detectives say when they questioned Pinedo about it, she lied saying “the defendant informed that the victim was present and signed the documents in front of her.”

Tropical Chevrolet says it takes this situation seriously and is cooperating with the investigation. They say Pinedo has been employed there for six years and was furloughed while the investigation unfolded.

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“We recently became aware of an alleged falsified identification document used when purchasing a vehicle several months ago from our dealership, Tropical Chevrolet general manager Daniel Sanguilly said in a statement. communicated. “We are cooperating fully with the authorities and conducting our own investigation. In the meantime, the employee who was identified as having funded the transaction has been placed on leave while the investigation continues. We pride ourselves on providing excellent vehicles and have literally placed tens of thousands of people in cars without incident. We take this very seriously and are responding accordingly, but cannot comment further as it could jeopardize the investigation.

Police are investigating whether Pinedo has done this on other deals. If convicted, she faces a minimum of 10 years in prison.

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