Six men charged in alleged car-title scheme


SCRANTON (WOLF) -- Police have charged six people with involvement in a corrupt organization and conspiracy in a car title-washing scheme.

The man facing the most counts, 180 in total, is Thomas Driebe, 76, Peckville.

We stopped by his shop in the 500 block of North Keyser Avenue, where Driebe said the charges are "bogus."

Police say the group was involved in altering vehicle titles and selling those vehicles.

Others car lot owners charged in the case Harry Wilson III, 63, Avoca, who has a shop near Moosic, and George Frietto, 70, Old Forge, who online searches show was associated with a lot in Scranton.

Also charged are Carlos Hernandez Diaz, 67, Philadelphia; Armando Delapaz, 54, Union, N.J.; and Lucas Hernandez, 39, New York.

The criminal complaint says some cars were bought in New Jersey, and investigators tracked down one Honda at the Port of Miami, on the way to the Dominican Republic. Actions by some suspects in North Carolina were also investigated.

Records show Driebe, Wilson, Frietto, and Delapaz were arraigned a few weeks ago and released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Their hearings are currently set for next month. State police are handling the investigation.

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