Citing insufficient evidence, authorities declined to press charges against a Miami Shores, Florida, dealership finance manager arrested on suspicion of identity theft.
Tropical Chevrolet CFO Sofia Pinedo, 31, was arrested by the Miami Shores Police Department in February after Jennifer Umanzor reported appearing as a co-signer on an ex-boyfriend’s 2016 Porsche Macan without permission , police said.
Assistant State’s Attorney Charles Heinemann declined to press charges on the charge alone this month, and Pinedo returned to Tropical Chevrolet. She had been furloughed, the dealership said in February.
“She didn’t do anything wrong,” Pinedo’s attorney, Michael Gottlieb, of Michael A. Gottlieb PA said Tuesday. “She’s thrilled to be back at work.”
Gottlieb said he explained the circumstances to the prosecutor’s office.
Pinedo initially told authorities that buyer Bryce Crawford and his ex-girlfriend Umanzor were present at the dealership for the signing of the Macan, which had a “financial amount” of $53,051.15.
But police said Crawford and Umanzor agreed that Umanzor was not present. Crawford, who has not been charged in the case, said the dealership planned to send the documents to Umanzor, according to police.
Pinedo had gotten the Sept. 30 deal wrong when she spoke to police this year, and she couldn’t remember the circumstances of the deal, according to Gottlieb. He noted that the interaction happened on a day when Pinedo processed six transactions and oversaw at least six others.
“While the defendant may be guilty of professional incompetence, the state has obtained no evidence that she intentionally authorized the unlawful use of victim identification,” Heinemann wrote in a 4 March.
Gottlieb noted Heinemann’s “little dig” into Pinedo’s skills and said everyone made mistakes.
Gottlieb called Pinedo good at her job and said the incident would likely make her more diligent.
“She’ll probably get better moving forward,” he said. “We’ll all be better off for it.”
pinedo said Automotive News she had worked as a finance manager for nearly a decade, processed 70 to 80 transactions a month, and had never had a problem with a client or employer before.
Pinedo advised fellow CFOs to “be aware”, saying what happened to him can happen to anyone.
“It’s such a quick deal,” she said.
According to an investigator, Crawford was adamant that Umanzor had agreed to co-sign the loan, while she was adamant that she had not. Police said they couldn’t make a decision anyway.
No one else has been charged in the case, according to police.
Crawford and an attorney for Umanzor declined to comment on the prosecutor’s decision on Tuesday.