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* Paul Stephen Greer Plead No Contest to Towing Scam in San Jose

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Three people have pleaded no contest to multiple felony charges in connection with a nearly decade-long towing and suing scam in the South Bay, according to the district attorney’s office. Following a five-week preliminary hearing, Paul Stephen Greer, owner of family-run towing business B&C Towing, pleaded no contest to 59 felony charges. He will be sentenced to eight years in state prison, according to the district attorney’s office. The charges included 26 counts of attempted grand theft, 14 counts of perjury, 13 counts of subornation of perjury, three counts of embezzlement, and one count each of conspiracy to obstruct justice,
presentation of false evidence, and burglary, according to the district attorney’s office. Greer is accused of towing vehicles and selling them without giving the owners prior notice, as required by law. He filed lawsuits in Small Claims Court to recover what he claimed were thousands of dollars of unpaid towing and storage fees, according to the district attorney’s office. He deceived judges into ruling in his favor by using fabricated evidence to show that he had given the owners notice, according to the district attorney’s office. Greer sued people or companies that had sold the vehicle in question years earlier as well as people who had never owned the vehicle but had a name that was similar to that of the real owner, the district attorney’s office said. He obtained judgments, garnished bank accounts and even sought the arrest of people who refused to pay his fraudulently obtained judgments. Greer is also accused of inflating the amount of his claims and not giving notification of the pending vehicle sales and subsequent lawsuits. A process server named Jeffrey Horan pleaded no contest in June 2008 to conspiracy and six counts of perjury for helping Greer by falsifying proofs of service, which Greer used in court to mislead judges into thinking that the people Greer was suing had received advance notification when they actually had not. Greer’s sister, Rosemary Ball, also pleaded no contest to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count of attempted grand theft, and one count of perjury for her involvement in the scam, according to the district attorney’s office. Ball will be sentenced to between four and six months in county jail.  Ball’s brother-in-law, Michael Ball, pleaded no contest to one felony count of attempted grand theft for his role in the scam. He will be sentenced to 150 days of electronic monitoring. All three will be sentenced on Aug. 16. On that day, a jury trial will begin for Greer’s father, Vincent Bruce Cardinalli, Sr., who faces 99 felony counts. B&C Towing was previously located in Gilroy, Hollister and Clovis.

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