Former Car Dealership Employee Charged with Grand Theft

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) Tallahassee Regional Operations Center yesterday arrested a former manager of a Tallahassee car dealership for stealing auto parts from his employer. Anthony Robert “Tony” D’Amico, 34, of Tallahassee was charged with one count of grand theft of more than $20,000, a second degree felony.

FDLE began investigating in October 2009 when the owner of Legacy Toyota of Tallahassee reported thousands of dollars worth of parts had disappeared from its inventory during the time D’Amico was manager of the parts department. The investigation revealed that D’Amico had been selling parts and merchandise from the dealership’s inventory and keeping the money for himself since as early as January 2008. If the desired parts weren’t in stock, D’Amico would place orders through distributors who then invoiced the dealership. D’Amico sold the parts to acquaintances, put some on his personal vehicles, and sold some via an online auction site to buyers as far away as California and Holland.

In his position as parts manager, D’Amico was able to bypass normal purchasing protocols in an effort to cover up the scheme. However, in July 2009 the dealership became suspicious of some questionable purchases and billings and initiated an audit which identified the theft.

D’Amico was booked into the Leon County Jail. He has been terminated by the dealership.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001