Police: ‘Ringleader’ in Rock Hill car fraud arrested again

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 25, 2013 

— The Rock Hill businessman who police have identified as the “ringleader” of a car fraud that bilked customers out of thousands when they bought cars from Big A’s Autos, was arrested again Wednesday after police say he was driving without insurance.

At about 11:30 a.m., police stopped Bernard Gaston, 47, in his white BMW when he sped past construction workers on Cherry Road, according to a Rock Hill Police report. Gaston told police his gauge cluster wasn’t working and he did not know how fast he was going.

He gave police his driver’s license, but could not provide his registration or proof of insurance, the report states. Police determined that Gaston’s license was suspended for cancellation of insurance.

They contacted two insurance companies Gaston named, the report states. Both companies said Gaston did not have valid coverage on the car through them.

Police arrested Gaston, charging him with speeding, driving under insurance and operating an uninsured vehicle, the report states. He was released from jail the same day on a more than $1,000 bond.

Police confiscated and destroyed Gaston’s license, the report states.

Gaston was one of 12 people arrested and charged by Rock Hill Police and the State Law Enforcement Division last month in connection with a months-long car scheme in which they’re accused of selling cars that already had titles on them to unsuspecting customers.

Those charged include his wife, mother and brother.

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