​FROM:
Jeffrey F. Rosen, District Attorney  CONTACT PERSON:
Victor Chen, Deputy District Attorney
Major Fraud Unit
(408) 792-2665   For release on July 20, 2011     FORMER OWNER OF SUNNYVALE MOTORCYCLE DEALERSHIP CONVICTED OF GRAND THEFT AND PASSING BAD CHECKS   On July 18, 2011, Robin Tolleson, 50, of Watsonville pleaded guilty as charged to two felonies, grand theft in excess of $200,000, and passing multiple bad checks. The defendant was the owner and manager of Rider’s Choice, a dealership for used motorcycles which operated in the city of Sunnyvale from 2000 to 2009. The defendant accepted motorcycles on consignment with the agreement that he would resell the motorcycles and pay the consignee from the proceeds of the sales. Under DMV regulations, the defendant had twenty days from the date of sale to turn over the proceeds to the consignee. The defendant regularly failed to turn over the proceeds in a timely manner prompting numerous complaints to DMV. In the summer of 2009, DMV opened an investigation on Rider’s Choice. The dealership was closed in October of 2009.   The investigation uncovered a systematic practice wherein the defendant would sell the consigned motorcycles, but rather than turning over the proceeds, he embezzled the money for his own use. All together, fifty-nine victims, who agreed to sell their motorcycles through the defendant’s bike shop, suffered losses totaling $299,000.   The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced to two years in state prison on October 13, 2011, in the Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 30.   ###    

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