After receiving a litany of complaints, DMV investigators say they visited Icon Customs last month to find that owner George Fredericks had switched VIN numbers between vehicles at his shop, or removed them completely.
The DMV also alleges that customers made payments toward work that was never completed; and that vehicles delivered in serviceable condition have since been dismantled. The agency is also investigating Wheels For Valor, an apprenticeship training program that Icon Customs attempted to start for local veterans in 2015.
As for George? He has said he “made some bad management business decisions to try to keep the doors open and finish projects.”
Notable comment: “I was lied to over the course of a deployment and throughout two PCS moves. My dream of putting the car that I have had for 17 years back on the road has been crushed. George pitched this Wheels from Valor program to me in 2015 and he definitely manipulated my emotions.”
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