Sheriff: Man scammed businesses out of vehicles, fuel & auto repairs

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 36-year-old Charleston man is behind bars after investigators say he used false information to scam businesses out of vehicles, fuel and auto repairs.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office arrested Quinton Dewayne Wright Tuesday night.

Wright was wanted on 17 outstanding charges of obtaining goods by false pretenses, breach of trust and altering vehicle titles.

The charges stem from incidents dating back from the summer of 2010 to the fall of 2011, during which officials say Wright had received loans for vehicles including a 2009 Suzuki GSX1300 and a Ford F-350.

Authorities say once investigators reviewed the information on Wright's vehicles, the sheriff's office says "it was clear" that Wright was running a scam on purchasing vehicles and never paying for them.

The sheriff's office says Wright used fake names and altered or stolen social security numbers to obtain cars and auto loans.

According to affidavits, Wright used the name "Dewayne Williams" to open bank accounts which he used in the scams. The sheriff's office says the scams would leave the bank out of money and out of a vehicle.

In one of the incidents, investigators say Wright went to Palmetto Ford on Savannah Highway on Aug. 25, 2010 and used a fake social security number to misrepresent his true credit report to get a loan for a truck. Within two months of getting the loan, authorities say he stopped making payments.

On Aug. 17, 2011, authorities say Wright paid an auto shop more than $1400 in auto repairs using a fraudulent check.

Wright is also accused of using a fraudulent check totaling $1050 at a Mount Pleasant business to refuel trucks. Wright was locked up at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

He was given an $80,000 bond on Wednesday.

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