Texas man accused of duping New Mexico dealership

February 24, 2014 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Texas man accused of defrauding a New Mexico automobile dealership out of nearly $35,000.

Las Cruces police say 41-year-old Johnny Ray Mills of [auth] El Paso is being sought on fraud charges.

A general manager at Sisbarro Buick-GMC in Las Cruces received a call last Dec. 15 from a “Major Powers” at Fort Bliss.

The man claimed the Texas military base wanted to open a dealership and his liaison “Johnny Ray” would soon visit Sisbarro to iron out a deal.

Police say “Johnny Ray” met with Sisbarro personnel on Dec. 20 and Jan. 3 and received checks of $9,999 and $25,000 for a dealership contract at Fort Bliss.

Investigators learned there wasn’t a “Major Powers” at the base and “Johnny Ray” was Mills.

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