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Autolot Salesman Charged for Deceptive Business Practices, Identity Theft, Say Investigators

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A Miami Florida man who worked as a auto salesperson in Bristol Township and owns a Nevada, Las Vegas state identification was charged earlier this week for ripping off customers and filing fake insurance company paperwork 18 separate times.

Bucks County Detectives arrested and charged  Willians Jonsson Zultanski 43 on Tuesday.

According to court records, Zultanski worked for Autolot on the  2600 block of Bristol Pike in Bristol Township.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office received an insurance fraud referral from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). The referral pertained to a joint investigation initiated by NICB and New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance Group (NJM Insurance), according to the criminal allegations. 

NJM Insurance reported that Autolot, a used car dealership located at 2660 Bristol Pike, Bristol, PA 19007  was submitting numerous online NJM Insurance policy applications and quotes on behalf of customers through the NJM Insurance website. NJM SIU Some noted that some of the policy applications contained false information to secure cheaper policy c  premiums and processed policy payments on behalf of NJM Insurance without being a licensed broker, records show.

NMJ Insurance found eighteen (18) suspected fraudulent applications that were submitted between January 20, 2022, and July 26, 2022. The fraudulent applications contained misrepresented policy addresses, fictitious driver’s license information and fictitious employment history for the applicants. NJM Insurance confirmed with each applicant/policyholder that the policy quotes and applications were completed by Autolot representatives at Autolot, and that each policyholder had no knowledge that false information was added to the application (s), the probable cause alleges. 

 

Bucks County Detectives interviewed the victims after NICB and NJM Insurance investigators forwarded supporting documentation for the 18 suspected fraudulent insurance applications. In a majority of instances they found fraudulent information filed with both entities, court records show, with three  policyholders who purchased a vehicle and insurance from Autolot provided, court records show. 

The three victims described to investigators the salesmen that sold them the vehicles and policies as an older Brazilian male named Willians.  Victims identified Willians on the Autolot Facebook page in a photograph, authorities said in court records.

Other victims confirmed it was Willians that sold them vehicles never completed an application for the NJM Insurance policy and never provided with any of the information that was on the policy application, according to court records. 

This step was repeated a number of times with victim after the victim sharing their version of dealings with Zultanski and with instance a victim demanding thousands of dollars back which the salesmen refused to do, court records show.

Autolot was a registered Domestic Limited Liability Company and Installment Seller Company located at 2660 Bristol Pike, Bristol, PA 19007 and doing business as (d/b/a) ADA Cars LLC. The owner was listed as Mustafa Ekermen, 87 Twin Oak Drive, Levittown, PA 19056 state records show. 

Investigators met with Ekermen confirming Zultanski worked there sometime between April and June of 2023, police wrote in court papers. 

Through this investigation, your Detectives learned that Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Anthony Carbone of the Vehicle Fraud Unit had an active investigation into Autolot.

State Police provided a copy of a Nevada driver’s license that contained the identifying information of Zultanski along with the last known telephone number Ekermen had for him;  The driver’s license listed the name of the suspects, Las Vegas, Nevada address. 

The man on the Nevada driver’s license looked very similar to the male depicted in Autolot Facebook images, said police. 

On April 27, 2023, your Detectives received the title histories for vehicles that  three victims purchased from Autolot. The title history for the three listed true and accurate information and not the misrepresented policy address that was listed on the NJM Insurance applications. There was no available information for the title history of one victim since the vehicle was transferred to New Jersey. 

On May 24, 2023, investigators utilized a law enforcement resources to query a New Jersey address. This was the policy address listed on the NJM Insurance applications for over 10 individuals were associated with the address, including the names Willians J. Zultanski, Willians Z. Jonsson and Williams Zultanski. Investigators ran a report through an investigative  resource on Zultanski and found that his date of birth and address matched the information on the Nevada driver’s license. The Property & Deeds section of the report listed Zultanski as a previous owner of the single-family residence who sold it in 2017. There was no record of victims Wendy Sarmiento, Erick Lagares Silva and being associated with the address, court records show.   

Zultanski was arraigned Tuesday and released on an unsecured bond. He is charged with, one felony count of unlicensed broker/agent activity, two  felony count of deceptive business practices one felony count of identity theft one felony count of theft by unlaw taking and a misdemeanor of intent to defraud. 

He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on October 4 in Bristol Borough District Court. There is no attorney of record listed for the suspect as of this time.   

 

 

 

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bensalem Township

Bensalem Twp Council To Vote On Volunteer Fire Company Consolidation Monday Night

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Just under two years ago at a Bristol Borough Council meeting, officials were getting an update on the then planned fire company consolidation effort by Steve Reeves,  president of the Bristol Borough Fire Association. At the time, talk of consolidating fire companies in the borough and Bristol Township was a hot topic.

During his presentation Reeves mentioned consolidation talks of the Bensalem fire company volunteer services were also in progress. At the time tidbit was not in the public domain.

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Now after two years of planning, the Bensalem Township Council will vote on a resolution to form The Bensalem Volunteer Fire Department at its next meeting Monday night.

If the resolution is passed, the six legacy fire companies, including Cornwells, Eddington, Newport, Nottingham, Trevose, and Union, will be consolidated into one volunteer fire department. This consolidation plan is necessary to ensure adequate fire/emergency response within the township because of reduced membership amongst the current companies, a press release announced late Friday afternoon.

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Reeves knew what he was talking about at the time. Lower Bucks Source in the following days reached out to area first responder sources, officials and Bensalem area volunteer firefighters. No one anywhere would go on or off the record. LBS was directed, by Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal Robert Sponheimer, to the Deputy Director of Public Safety Robert Race who politely declined to respond to a request for comment at the time.

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Late last year, according to a Lower Bucks Times report, Bensalem officials spoke rather openly about dwindling volunteer numbers.  This led William McVey, director of public safety, to ask for council approval to apply for a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant through FEMA, which was subsequently approved in November by council.

This past February the township announced the hiring of Mark Antozzeski as the first career Fire Chief in Bensalem history. He is leading the volunteer fire services, as well as Bensalem Fire Rescue, career staff. McVey told Bensalem Patch.com the hiring was an important piece of the consolidation process.

 

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Earlier this month,  Nottingham Fire Department Chief Ron Harris was named the Bensalem Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief as part of the consolidation effort, according to published report. 

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Beginning Friday evening, shortly after receiving the Bensalem announcement on the expected consolidation vote, first responder sources Lower Bucks Source contacted said that back in 2022 when first contacted they declined to comment because the topic was sensitive in nature and a real possibility of backlash existed and concerns about “sabotaging” the process were also omnipresent. Those sources again declined to comment on the record.

Consolidation Efforts in Bristol Borough & Bristol Township

In February, Bristol Borough voted to consolidate their volunteer fire services. Prior to that step the borough approved applying for a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grant in the amount of $1.5 to build a new fire house at a yet to be determined location.

As far back as February of 2022, a smaller plan in size and scope was being discussed in Bristol Township involving Newportville Fire Company #1, Third District Fire Company with career fire personnel from the township which came off the heels of  a fire study completed in 2020.  That plan is no longer in play, fire officials say. Third District Fire Chief Howard McGoldrick said it’s a “complete mystery” why Newportville ultimately decided against the discussed move and merger.

” Volunteer fire services in Bucks County are changing right before our eyes” one first responder said last year.

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In each of the consolidation efforts, public safety, declining volunteer numbers and increasing costs have been cited repeatedly by officials publicly.

“It’s just not sustainable anymore financially for fire companies, the municipalities they serve, and taxpayers. It’s consolidate or die”, a high ranking first responder source said Friday.

Bensalem Council is expected to pass the resolution with its vote tonight.

Editor’s Note:  Each of the images in this story come from the volunteer fire companies serving Bensalem Township.

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Thunderstorm Rips Through Lower Bucks Area Friday Evening

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A Friday evening thunderstorm ripped through the Lower Bucks County area causing power outages, trees to come down, and other related damage.

The storm swept the area beginning around 6 p.m. just as the evening rush hour for motorists was ending.

Scattered wind gusts were expected, with up-to 1/4 inch sized hail and intermitted lightening were called for by forecasters before the storm landed.

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In the Winder Village section of Bristol Township, public safety officials say a tree landed on a vehicle while the motorist was operating the vehicle. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle under his own power with no injuries, Third District Fire Company officials said.

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In the Bensalem -Bristol areas, dozens are still without power, as of 7 a.m. Saturday morning, Information, according to PECO, is still pending assessment in the Croydon  and West Bristol sections of Bristol Twp.

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No information on any injuries sustained as a result of the storm at this time.

Approximately 400 customers remain without power, PECO officials say in the Lower Bucks County area as of publication time.

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“Armed Man” Initiates Lockdown for Levittown Elementary School Thursday, No Charges Filed

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Brookwood Elementary

**Update: Friday 4 a.m.**

Earlier Thursday, Brookwood Elementary in Bristol Township instituted their “Lockdown Procedures” due to an alleged report of a “armed man” in the area of the school.

Parents received a community update notice which said they were in lockdown due to a security concern in a nearby neighborhood.  The notice said updates would be provided as they occur and to please not come to or contact the school.

Police dispatched to the elementary school raced up Haines Road one witness told the publication taking one man into custody, authorities  said.

“There was an incident involving an adult male, who was in possession of a firearm near the school crossing guard post (Kenwood Drive North & Key Lane.) There is no information at this time that he attempted to enter the school. The matter is under investigation. No one has been arrested as of this time,” said Lt. Sean Cosgrove in an e-email exchange with Lower Bucks Source, shortly after the incident.

At 1:30 p.m., the lockdown was lifted without further incident.

 

 

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