UPDATED May 10:Gulfport police announced Thursday that D'Angelo, who is still in jail, now faces an embezzlement charge stemming from the same alleged incident. The added charge is because D'Angelo embezzled more than $4,000 from the business while still employed at the auto shop, Gulfport Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.
Getting a transmission fixed can be an expensive experience when everything is above board, but D'Iberville cops arrested an auto shop employee April 27 who they say used his position to scam an elderly woman out of thousands.
D'Iberville Sgt. Marty Griffin said a woman took her vehicle to an auto shop April 16 to purchase a remanufactured transmission and was later contacted by Charles Louis D'Angelo III, who was a service writer at the business.
Without the business owner's knowledge, Griffin said, the Biloxi man told the woman she needed to pay more than $3,000 to have her vehicle fixed. D'Angelo later met the woman at a D'Iberville bank, where she withdrew the funds for the repairs and paid the man, Griffin said.
D'Angelo later contacted the woman again, this time asking for more than $1,000 to complete the repairs, Griffin said. That's when police got involved.
"He was just trying to milk her for money," Griffin said.
Before a second exchange could happen, Griffin said, D'Iberville police arrested D'Angelo on April 27 on charges of false pretense and attempted false pretense, since the second alleged transaction was never completed.
"When he arranged to meet her to get the additional payment, we were there to arrest him," Griffin said.
The business' owner told the Sun Herald the woman is 84.
D'Angelo was held at the Harrison County jail in lieu of bonds totaling $100,000 — $50,000 per charge, set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain.
Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner set D'Angelo's bond at $10,000 for the additional charge.