EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The New York State Attorney General is suing a Western New York mechanic who allegedly defrauded racing enthusiasts.
Eric Scheiderman says William Leverentz, who operated Billy Leverentz Racing Engines, collected thousands of dollars to repair and rebuild high performance engines. But the Attorney General says Leverentz either never did the work or did a shoddy job.
In one case, Leverentz was paid $3,500 to install an engine in a vintage Corvette, but Schneiderman says he instead gave the engine, valued at $30,000, away to settle a debt.
In another instance, Leverentz was paid thousands of dollars to build an engine for a drag racer, and the engine exploded after only three runs.
On top of not completing repairs, Schneiderman says Leverentz took money for parts, but never ordered them, or removed parts from engines he was repairing and installed them on other engines.
A court order has frozen Leverentz’s bank accounts and prohibits him from taking any advance payments from customers.
The Attorney General’s lawsuit seeks to bar Leverentz from doing business in New York State unless he first posts a $100,000 bond. It also seeks to obtain refunds for customers and civil penalties for violations of consumer protection laws.