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For Immediate Release

Defendants Enter Pleas In Classic Car Theft Case

Santa Rosa, CA  –  September 12, 2017  –  Defendants Christopher Miranda and Pamela Malfa each plead no contest earlier today in front of the Honorable Robert LaForge to multiple counts of grand theft that arose out of the operation of their business, West Coast Auto Craft, located in Windsor in CA. 

Miranda and Malfa were each charged with grand theft, and Miranda was also charged with identity theft in a 57-count complaint.  Miranda plead no contest to 13 counts of grand theft and one count of identity theft.  Malfa pled no contest to 12 counts of grand theft.  Miranda will be sentenced to state prison for a stipulated term of 15 years, 3 months.  Malfa will be sentenced to 180 days county jail and will be thereafter placed on formal probation for a period of 5 years.  

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This rip-off was considerable and many people suffered a significant financial loss. The scale and scope of their misconduct will be reflected in the sentence they receive.”

Miranda and Malfa owned and operated West Coast Auto Craft, an auto repair business specializing in the restoration and repair of classic cars.  Over the course of several years Miranda and Malfa took hundreds of thousands of dollars from customers to restore cars.  The work on the cars was consistently never finished.  Miranda would continue to hold onto the cars, claiming they needed additional work, and then charge customers more money.  During the investigation investigators discovered that in one instance Miranda changed the VIN on a customer’s $90,000 Camero, and then sold it to an innocent buyer.  At the time of the arrest, officers located over 30 classic cars in a field in Cloverdale that were entrusted to Miranda and Malfa to restore.  The vehicles had little to no work done on them.  Some of the cars were in worse condition than when brought in due to weather exposure and improper storage.  Each of the cars has since been returned to its owner. Miranda and Malfa owe approximately $750,000 in restitution to their victims.

Malfa will be sentenced by Judge LaForge on November 14, and Miranda will be sentenced on November 21.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Emily Malfatti, and was investigated by District Attorney Investigator Lisa Chapman.  The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force, and Windsor Police Department assisted in the investigation.

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