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Toms River Man Accused of Car Restoration Ripoff

Editor’s note: In the ensuing time since the original publication of this article, the court consented to a diversionary program. Mr. Mahoney no longer faces charges and agreed to non-monetary restitution for the complainant, according to sources close to the case. Mr. Mahoney adds that no negative comments regarding Coastal Classics exist through the Google, Yahoo or Bing search engines, that the firm was given two positive reviews in the past three years on Angie’s List, and that the company has an A+ rating through the Better Business Bureau, although it is not affiliated with BBB. Restorations by Coastal Classics have won awards at the Monmouth county Concours d’Elegance 2014, Elegance at Hershey 2015, and Edicson Concours d’Elegance 2015.

A Toms River 33-year-old working at a car restoration business in Jackson is accused of  taking tens of thousands over several years from an antique auto owner for work never actually done. Investigators believe that there might be more than one victim.

Ryan Mahoney is charged with theft by deception. He was apprehended Friday at Coastal Classics LLC on Faraday Road.

According to information fron Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato’s office, Mahoney allegedly collected $58.591.81 from Michael Wilkowski of Toms River between August 15, 2006 and October 29, 2009, to recondition a 1948 Chevrolet Coupe.

Detectives say that the car now sits with no engine, transmission, drive shaft, suspension or original glass.

Mahoney’s bail at the Ocean County Jail in Toms River was set at $35,000.

If you believe that you have been victimized similarly, county investigators want to hear from you. Reach their office at 732-929-2027.

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