State investigators have charged a former Raleigh man with changing car odometers and altering their titles from February 2012 until earlier this year and selling them for prices ranging from about $2,000 to as much as $5,000.
Flavio Ricardo Oliveira, 39, of 1870 Magies Court in Oviedo, Fla., was booked into the Wake County Detention Center Tuesday evening on 16 counts of altering a vehicle odometer, 16 of altering a title and 14 of obtaining money by false pretenses.
When Division of Motor Vehicle officials swore out warrants for Oliveira on May 20, they listed him as living at 4317 Dyer Court, a single-family house on a northeast Raleigh cul-de-sac.
The warrants list the offenses as happening between Feb. 1, 2012, and the day before the warrants were issued.
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The cars involved included several 2005 Dodge Neons, the warrants say.
The sales were to individuals except for one to an imported-car business.
The prices listed in the warrants generally were between $2,000 and $3,500, but one vehicle brought $5,000, the investigators wrote.
Oliveira was held over night in lieu of $200,000 bail for a court appearance Wednesday.