LOUIVSILLE, KY (WAVE) – An employee of a Louisville car lot is accused of selling cars to customers on a day the business was closed and keeping the money paid for the vehicles.
According to an arrest warrant, Danny R. Brown, Jr., 33, was working for Metro Motors, 4124 S. 3rd Street. Between August 1 and December 9, 2013, the warrant says Brown would meet he customers at the business on a Sunday, a day the car lot is normally closed, and make the transactions.
Edith Mayfield is Brown's mother and she says she doesn't believe her son did this.
"He left in December," said Mayfield. "I don't know why all of this is coming up now. It's ridiculous."
A total of 15 cars were sold by Brown. Metro Motors learned of the sales when several of Brown's customers returned to the lot to get the titles transferred on the vehicles. The warrant said Brown had created his own invoices for the purchases.
Brown was arrested March 28 on a charge of theft by deception under $10,000. Brown was also charged with theft by unlawful taking for stealing an iPad Mini of a friend and later pawning the item. Metro Motors allowed each of Brown's customers to keep the cars they purchased from him.
"He didn't have any money like that, he only made a couple hundred dollars a week," said Mayfield. "He didn't have no money, he lived with me."
Mayfield says she believes Metro Motors is trying to get back at her son because he left the dealership.
"It's really heartbreaking because my son's a good boy and even they said that at the car lot so why are they doing this to him," said Mayfield.
Investigators believe Brown stole the money to feed a drug habit. Not possible according to his mother.
"My son has never been in jail," said Mayfield. "He's never been in trouble and he don't know what's going on."
Brown does not have a criminal history in Kentucky just a few traffic tickets.
Metro Motors did not return our call for comment. Brown is due in court on April 1.