Wolchek drives used cars crazy


Say hello to car junk Joe.

“I’m not telling you anything.”

He’s a used car guy who specializes in crimes and fake names.

Rob Wolchek: “You’re not John Killie?”

“No,” said John Killie.

And while this guy is quite skilled – Wolchek is more skilled.

“I don’t do scams,” said John Killie.

Wolchek: “Oh come on, John, Joe, whatever your fucking name is.”

Meet Michael. It’s Michael’s car. While that may sound nice, he says it’s not.

Wolchek: “So it’s a big piece of bric-a-brac?”

“Junk, scrap,” he said.

Mike picked up the car from Facebook Marketplace. Seller? John Killie. Here is the Facebook messenger:

Mike: “Hi John. Is this still available?”

John Killie: “Sure. Good car.”

John and Michael meet on a subway in Warren where John Killie says he is having lunch.

“I said where you work at John? He said ‘I fix machines for Chrysler.’ I don’t think he does,” Mike said.

Wolchek: “You said he had no socks.”

Mike: “He had rubber clogs but no socks.”

Wolchek: “Like the Crocs?”

“Crocos”.

It’s bad enough that John Killie has horrible taste in shoes – he told that horrible lie too.

Mike: “(John said) ‘It’s a one-owner vehicle, my wife and I bought it new.'”

John Killie was in such a rush to get back to work that Michael didn’t even have time to test drive the car.

“He’s the nicest talking guy you’ll ever meet in your life,” Mike said.

John Killie persuaded Mike to give him $300 to hold the car and wrote a janky-looking receipt – but signed his name: “John Isquibo”.

Mike didn’t even notice.

“I thought that guy was nice,” he said.

Later that night, John delivered the car to Michael at his home. Mike gave him $3700 in cash – the only form of payment kind John Killie said he would accept.

He handed the title to Mike and rushed in his Crocs. Immediately, Michael knew he had been duped.

“There is an oil leak. There is a water leak,” he said.

He ran a Car Fax on the vehicle that “original owner” John Killie sold him.

“It’s not a one-owner vehicle,” Mike said. “He just bought it two weeks before selling it to me.”

And, according to the Secretary of State, it was bought for $500 as a scrap vehicle, bought and then resold for $4,000 to Michael, by a guy named Joseph Anthony Yaquinto.

Yeah, John Killie is that guy! Joe Yaquinto is a lifetime impostor, man.

According to the Michigan State Police, in the 1990s he was convicted of theft by conversion.

In the 2000s, he racked up a pretense of felony on a $20,000 conviction, a motor vehicle criminal intent to pass a false title conviction, a tampering odometer conviction — and in the 2010s , another conviction for the crime of pretense.

Rob Wolchek interviewed Michael in August, but it took him until now to catch the guy.

Joe Yaquinto: “Let go.”

Wolchek: “Look, I know you’re Joe Yaquinto.”

Rob will show you when he got it – but first he’ll show you how.

Joe Yaquinto had no good address. The place listed on the title of the lemon he sold to Michael was his wife’s house.

She was nice but not happy. She promised to tell Joe he was looking for him.

Wolchek: “Does he work at a car dealership or what?”

“I apologize, we are separated,” she said.

Meanwhile, Joe, aka John Killie, was still selling cars. Every few weeks, Wolchek would come across Facebook Marketplace ads.

The commercials only lasted a few minutes. Rob assumes that once John Killie caught a fish, he took the bait. After all, it has a bunch of bad reviews.

The photos of the cars that John Killie was selling appeared to have been taken at the same location. It looked like Warren, maybe near Eight Mile, near the same place on the subway where John Killie met Michael.

After weeks of walking up and down the streets of Warren, trying to match homes to photos, Wolchek and his team found the location.

Wolchek lined the street, it was full of nice families. Rob talked to people in the neighborhood. No one recognized the guy, but a few of the neighbors said they had surveillance systems and would let him know if they saw a guy taking pictures of cars on their street.

And on Friday, Joe showed. In the video, he is there taking pictures of a golden Honda minivan. An hour later, this van is put up for sale by John Killie, who wanted to meet Wolchek’s undercover car client on the same subway where he met Michael.

John Killie/Joe Yaquinto: “Let me tell you what happened here, my stepfather had his license taken away. And he’s had it for a long time and he can’t drive anymore.”

Wolchek Buyer: “Okay.”

Yeah, John Killie is just some guy selling his stepdad’s van. (According to Michigan’s Secretary of State, the first plate Joe had on his pickup was at one time registered at a farm and the second plate was so old they had no record of it.)

John Killie/Joe Yaquinto: “That’s the only reason why and he doesn’t have much time left to live.”

Wolchek’s buyer: “Oh, I’m sorry.”

John Killie/Joe Yaquinto: “That’s the only reason we’re getting rid of it. You don’t have to do anything.”

The buyer takes the wheel, but it’s Wolchek who takes the wheel. Knock Knock.

Wolchek: “Open up. John Killie?”

John Killie/Joe Yaquinto: “Who?”

Wolchek: “Aren’t you John Killie?”

John Killie/Joe Yaquinto: “John Who?”

Wolchek: “John Killie. Aren’t you the guy selling the car?”

John Killie/Joe Yaquinto: “No, I don’t know who you are?”

Wolchek: “You’re not John Killie? Well, he contacted a guy named John Killie about buying a car.”

John Killie/Joe Yaquinto: “Who Did It?”

Wolchek: “This guy.” (referring to our “customer”.)

The car buyer comes out and Joe is ready to hit the road.

But Joe can’t find the car keys in his haste to get away quickly.

Wolchek: “I know you’re Joe Yaquinto and you’re scamming here, Joe.”

John Killie/Joe Yaquinto: “I’m not scamming. Ok, if he won’t return my keys, we have a problem.”

Wolchek: “What are you going to do? What are you going to do? Where did you get that car? Here are some of your cars. You say your name is John Killie, don’t you?”

John Killie/’Joe Yaquinto: “I don’t know who you are.”

“I’m Rob Wolchek from FOX 2 and you know who I am.”

As Joe tries to walk away from a TV camera, another TV camera pops out. Yes, Joe, your client is a cameraman.

John Killie/Joe Yaquinto: “I’m not telling you anything.”

Wolchek: “Ok, ok, look, we know you’re a crook.”

John Killie/Joe Yaquinto: “You don’t know who I am and you have my keys.”

Wolchek: “Nobody has your fucking keys, man.”

John Killie/Joe Yaquinto: “See you later. I don’t know who you are.”

Wolchek: “Well, well. … You took money from a Downriver guy and sold him a Lincoln MKZ, here’s my card.”

Rob throws a business card in the window as Joe Yaquinto backs up, but the passenger door is still open.

Wolchek: “You better close your door.”

It starts with the passenger door open.

Wolchek: “Come on Joe. Seriously, well, it’s not something you see every day. A guy leaving with his door open.

“Yo Joe. What do you know. You’re in the Hhhhhalll of Shame!”

According to the Michigan Secretary of State, anyone buying a used car from a private seller should use this checklist:

  • Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the title against the VIN near the bottom of the driver’s side windshield and on the manufacturer’s label on the driver’s door jamb.
  • Check the title of a lien. If the title indicates a lien, look for the lender’s signature that the lien is released or a lien release letter. It is recommended to contact the lender to confirm payment of the lien.
  • It is recommended that you take the vehicle to a mechanic of your choice to have the vehicle inspected.
  • It is recommended that you obtain a vehicle history report from Car Fax or another similar online service.
  • Always check the seller ID to confirm that it is the person on the title. Unlicensed dealers skipping the title will claim to be selling the vehicle for a relative or friend.
  • It is highly recommended that you and the seller go to a Secretary of State’s office to transfer title. This will ensure that the vehicle can be titled.

For more information GO HERE to the Michigan Secretary of State website.

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