CONCORD — A Superior Court jury found the former owner of Dusty Old Cars not guilty on 20 felony charges of witness tampering and forging documents to obtain titles to clients’ cars.

The jury announced the verdict after more than five hours of deliberation at Merrimack County Superior Court on Friday. Stephan Condodemetraky of Bedford faced charges of title application fraud, witness tampering and forgery, according to court documents.

The charges stem from 2017 indictments.

The indictments allege he forged nine vehicle purchase contracts in the name of Brad West and presented them to the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles to obtain titles to West’s cars. The 10th title application fraud count pertains to another car owned by West.

West consigned all the cars for sale with Dusty Old Cars at 27 Airport Road, Nashua, on Feb. 25, 2013. Condodemetraky filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and the business has since closed.

The witness-tampering charge alleges he urged an employee to testify falsely to the grand jury.

Condodemetraky sent a news release Tuesday to announce the verdict.

“The state of NH used witnesses that had credibility issues, attempted to exclude testimony and evidence that vindicated me, and went to great lengths to bolster an apparent smear campaign against me and the company,” he wrote. “I want to thank the jury for evaluating the witnesses and the evidence presented at trial, following Judge (John) Kissinger’s instructions, and returning a not guilty verdict.”

John Garrigan, who works for the Attorney General’s consumer protection and antitrust bureau, said in a statement that while disappointed with the outcome of the trial, the prosecution respects the jury’s deliberations.

“We maintain that we had sufficient evidence that proved Mr. Condodemetraky’s crimes beyond a reasonable doubt and we do not expect the outcome of this case to interfere with future cases involving the defendant,” he said in a statement. “We remain committed to seeking justice for the victims involved in these cases.”

In May, Rockingham County Superior Court Judge Andrew Schulman ordered Condodemetraky to spend 48 hours in jail after being convicted of felony theft by unauthorized taking in February.

Condodemetraky said the conviction is being appealed in state Supreme Court. He faces additional charges in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties.

“I look forward to my next day in court on these charges and other matters,” Cododemetraky wrote. “The state continues to assert false claims against me. It bears the responsibility for consumers losing the ability to be paid in full for their vehicles. My first concern has always been to insure that all people who were owed money were paid. This was, is, and will continue to be the priority.”


Monday, December 09, 2019