Police: Hudson Valley car salesman stole down payments

On Wednesday June 19, the New York State Police at Middletown arrested Michael Edison Ramos,  34, of Middletown after a three-month long investigation into the theft of cash down payments at Nissan-Kia Middletown car dealership.

State Police were first alerted to the thefts in March after a customer realized that they had not been credited by the dealership for the full amount of their down payment. The ensuing investigation identified several additional victims.

Ramos was arrested and charged in both the towns of Wallkill and Wawayanda with the following felonies:


  • Grand Larceny 3rd Degree
  • Grand Larceny 4th Degree
  • Falsifying Business Records 1st Degree
  • Scheme to Defraud 1st Degree

He was also charged with Possession of Personal Identification Information, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned and remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $7500 cash bail.

Since that arrest, more victims have come forward. The New York State Police Middletown BCI are now looking for victims who may have dealt with Ramos while he acted as a realtor in the Middletown area. Anyone that feels they may have been victimized as a result of their dealings with Ramos is asked to contact investigator Joseph Dawson at the NYSP Middletown BCI (845)344-5352.

Police say many of the victims are Spanish speaking, so the above information is also being offered in Spanish:

El 26 de junio del 2019, La Policía Estatal de Nueva York emitió un comunicado de prensa como resultado del arresto de Michael Edison Ramos, de 34 años de edad, de Middletown, NY. Desde la emisión de dicho comunicado, más víctimas han comparecido y han declarado los presuntos crímenes que les ocurrieron mientras el Señor Ramos trabajaba como vendedor de autos. La Policía Estatal de Middletown BCI buscan víctimas que puedan haber estado en contacto con El Señor Ramos mientras desempeñaba la función de agente inmobiliario en el área de Middletown, NY. Se le pide a cualquier persona que piense que puede haber sido victimizada como resultado de su vínculo con el Señor Ramos de ponerse en contacto con el investigador Joseph Dawson de NYSP Middletwon BCI (845) 344-5352.

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