Prisoners Used To Build Unique Performance Cars

Unique Performance Vin Removed Bondo Fraud Prisoners Builder Cars Texas Secret Service

The Unique Performance saga gets more and more astonishing by the day with information now coming to light that Unique Performance used Texas prison inmates to help build the cars. Cars that some customers paid up to $200,000 for.

Celebrities, star athletes and wealthy business people all paid a North Texas company big money for a one-of-a-kind collectible. But police say they got scammed. The story has rattled so many cages that the Texas Governor and the US Secret service are now paying close attention and the Police now say “Charges are imminent”

Celebrities such as Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees, the managing partner of the Boston Celtics and a royal family member from Bahrain are all victims. There’s even a former Secret Service agent.

“James Bartee protected several U.S. presidents, but now he wonders how he could have protected himself from losing more than $100,000. Bartee gave Unique Performance $106,000 to build a 1966 Shelby Mustang GT 350.”

When Unique Performance could show him no more than a shell of a car, Bartee started to worry. He never got the car he ordered, and he hasn’t seen his money either.

And this is where the investigation took a huge twist. The investigation led detectives to the Texas Prison System.

Unique Performance used inmates to build the cars. “At least 17 felons convicted of crimes such as aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and murder worked on the cars.” CBS11tv reported.

Investigators say the inmates illegally removed the VINs from the Unique Performance cars.

“We’re looking at who gave the orders to remove those VIN numbers,” said Harris.

It was revealed that Unique Performance’s president, Douglas Hasty, had a contract with the prison system, where the prisons would work on the cars and receive small payment. Thought no prison guard or official keep watch on the inmates while they worked, in fact other Unique Performance employees were responsible for the inmates, some of whom are convicted felons, murder being among some of their crimes.

It is however worth noting that the Police aren’t looking to charge any inmates, which points the finger at someone higher up, say Douglas Hasty for instance.

“I don’t think the inmates did anything other than follow orders,” Harris said. “As far as criminal charges, we’re not looking at anything against the inmates.”

What’s more astonishing is the work the inmates did was never checked, in fact the inmates were not qualified either. Some just laborers and when paying over $200,00 on a car you want to know that whoever is building it is qualified to do so. It is now with the inmates that blame is being sort for the tampering of VINs, quite fitting really.

Bondo

Detective Harris also noted that each car contained over 13 gallons of Bondo. “I think the customer out here, one thing that they don’t realize, a large majority of these cars, each car had 13 gallons of Bondo,” said Harris.

Bondo is the brand name for an adhesive putty commonly used to repair auto bodies before they’re painted.

“You would never Bondo a car of this value, so that would be deceitful. That would be fraud,” said Bartee.

Detectives say the inmates used Bondo, fiberglass and parts from Taiwan. And now more charges are being sort “We’re looking at fraud and deception charges,” Harris said.

Douglas Hasty did not comment but his lawyer, Tom Pappas did issue the following statement.

“Every customer that has received a car has ultimately been satisfied with the quality of the car they received. Farmers Branch Police are continuing their witch hunt. They continue to leak false accusations to the press knowing that we have not had an opportunity to have access to the cars to rebut their claims. There were no title issues or criminal problems with the titles and no one has been defrauded. We are eager to address these cases in a court of law, on the record, where people will have to be responsible for their conduct. And I’m referring specifically to the Farmers Branch Police Department.”

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From the Evidence Locker

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14 Comments

  1. 1967fastback2000 says:

    Look what I found digging through some court docs on the Unique Performance Vehicle Seizure, no wonder they canned the head detective on the case.

    The whole mess with customer cars being seized was caused by insinuations from John Luft and a truck driver?

    AFFIDAVIT FOR SEARCH WARRANT

    THE STATE OF TEXAS [338 DESVOIGNES RD] COUNTY OF GRAYSON [Denison, Grayson County, Texas]

    The undersigned Affiant, being a Peace Officer under the laws of Texas and being duly sworn, on oath makes the following statements and accusations:

    1. There is in Grayson County, Texas, a suspected place and premises described and located as follows: A barn, located at 338 Desvoignes Road, Denison, Grayson County Texas. The barn is red with white trim. There is a white picket fence around the barn. There are three barns on the property and the barn in question is the second one from the residence. According to Grayson Central Appraisal District the property is listed as Property lD 113345 (Real), Geo lD 074 1311010, G-1311 WRIGHT WILLIAM A-G1311.

    2. There is at said suspected place implements or instruments used in the commission of a crime and,/or property or items constituting an offense or constituting evidence tending to show that a particular person committed an offense, to wit: Titling records, sales records, customer files, vehicles with incorrect VIN numbers and any other document or instrument used to facilitate fraudulent activity.

    3. Said suspected place and premises are in charge of and controlled by each of the following persons: Linda Davis, owner as listed on Grayson County tax rolls.

    4. It is the belief of Affiant, and he hereby charges and accuses that:

    On or about the 2nd day of October 2007,at 13950 Senlac D rive Suite# 300, Farmers Branch, Dallas County, Texas, Unique Performance was found to be in possession of a red 1967 Ford Mustang fastback bearing VIN 7F01C216874. Said VIN belongs to a 1967 Ford Mustang hardtop and did not belong to the car in which it was assigned. During an investigation into this vehicle, Douglas Hasty, the owner of Unique Performance, ordered that it be removed from the shop and concealed on private property in Denison. Texas.

    5. Affiant has probable cause for said belief by reason of the following facts: On October 2nd 2007 Farmers Branch Police contacted Douglas Hasty with Unique Performance in reference to a complaint that his company was not returning a customer vehicle. The customer had provided a faxed copy of the title to his vehicle. When Douglas Hasty showed this defective the vehicle in question, t he VIN number (7F01C16874) did not match the VIN number on the title issued to the customer (7F02C127565). On a 1967 Mustang VlN, the 3rd and 4th character of 01 means that the vehicle is a hardtop. If the 3rd and 4th character of the VIN is an 02, then the vehicle is a fastback. This model information was verified using http://www.decodethis.com and the validity of the information was verified by Sgt. Rex Wilemon of the Texas Department of Public Safety Since the fastback vehicle in question is bearing the VIN to a hardtop, it is displaying an altered identification number. Douglas Hasty initially stated that they had replaced the front clip of the vehicle. To do so without a TXDOT formVTR-68A (law enforcement vehicle inspection form) is a violation of section 31.11 of the Texas Penal Code regarding Tampering with Identification Numbers. A TXDOT title history of this vehicle revealed that no such form had been filed by Unique Performance. When informed of the potential violation Douglas Hasty stated that the wrong title had been issued to the owner and that the vehicle had not undergone a VlN number change. During my investigation into this event, I was contacted by John Luft, an attorney for Carroll Shelby Enterprises, informing me that he had a former employee of Unique Performance that was willing to provide information. This employee was employed by the company for approximately two years as their transport driver and was very recently laid off from Unique Performance due to budgetary restraints and the loss of the Carroll Shelby licensing. This informant states that Douglas Hasty ordered him on October 17th to haul this and two other vehicles to a barn located at a private residence located at 338 Desvoignes Road, Denison, Grayson County Texas. The informant did show this detective where this residence was, to include which barn the vehicles had been located within. The informant also states that he was ordered to remove 17 additional vehicles, which he relocated to an abandoned warehouse located at 811 Betterton Circle, Dallas. He also states that he is personally aware of over 30 additional vehicles that were relocated to 11607 Denton Drive, Dallas. Additionally he states that numerous other vehicles (unknown number) were moved t o a building leased by Unique Performance at 13995 Diplomat Drive Suite # 200, Farmer Branch. The informant state that these moves were done to prevent law enforcement from locating the vehicles for inspection.
    On 11/01/2007 search warrants were executed at the Betterton Circle, Senlac Drive, Diplomat Drive and Denton Drive addresses given by the informant and all of the information provided by him proved to be true and valid.

    WHEREFORE, Affiant asks for issuance of a warrant that will authorize him to search said suspected place and premises for criminal evidence and seize the same.

    ___________________
    AFFIANT

    Subscribed and Sworn to before me by said Affiant on this ____ day of November 2007.

    _______________________
    MAGISTRATE,IN AND FOR
    DALLAS COUNTY. TEXAS

    Check out where Turner is hanging his hat these days, why doesn’t the media jump on this and get to the bottom of why he was really terminated from the force?

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  2. 1967fastback2000 says:

    Do you honestly think UP would have sent three cars to a millionaire’s house (potential investor) in Denison if they were processed illegally or tried to hide some 100 cars that they had in process from the local police department?

  3. Chip Foose says:

    Hi Doug! You’re not in jail yet? Chip

  4. atsune says:

    This is a great start for prison inmates. This just proves that there is some hope behind bars. At least they’ll get occupied every day and they’ll be able to do something productive while serving their sentence. This is a great opportunity for inmates.

  5. CobraFreak says:

    this is terrable… what happened to the cars they built quality wise?

  6. stefano says:

    Hello everyone I am writing from Italy Im trying to restore a mustang gt 500 alone is a dream and a passion I have for a while you can tell me where to find it thanks a lot

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