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