Michael Facchinetti (25) and his girlfriend Deborah Fracasso (24) from Pieterlen BE toiled for five years and put every penny aside to start their own company.
With the car rental company “DM Prestige Cars” they fulfilled this dream in April 2020. They bought a Lamborghini to rent out. With the first 90,000 francs rental income, they added a Mercedes G63 AMG to their offer.
But now both cars are gone! Stolen from a customer. And even though they know the name of the thief, supposedly not even the police help.
The third time the customer struck
“The customer from Geneva rented the two vehicles twice for two weeks each and brought them back,” explains Michael Facchinetti. «He was very friendly, trusting and serious. He rented the vehicles through his company and everything was correct. When we returned it for the second time, he even gave us a small present. “
For the third time, the man from Geneva rents the Lambo and the AMG for a whole month. He pays in advance. But towards the end of the rental period, the owner couple suddenly receives a letter from the road traffic office. Both vehicles were triggered. «I called the customer immediately. He claimed he had to redeem the vehicles himself in order to get a loan. We absolutely disagreed with this and asked for the cars back immediately. “
But again and again they are put off. “Tomorrow, tomorrow, he always said. I shouldn’t be afraid, he’ll bring the cars back. ” But at some point the couple drives to Geneva with friends to confront the tenant. “He said the cars were in a hangar and the hangar owner was in Monaco,” says Facchinetti. That later turned out to be a lie.
A case for the judiciary
The couple return home without a car but with a contract signed under pressure. “It said he had to bring the vehicles back. But it was another scam, because he kept a clause open that he could keep the cars. The next day we went to the police to file a complaint. But because of the contract, they didn’t want to receive it. ”
So the couple goes to a lawyer. «Now a civil suit is pending against the Geneva company – but it is a network of fraudulent companies. If they no longer exist, there is nothing to be taken back in the end. “
According to the stolen, the case is now with the Geneva public prosecutor’s office, but the Bern cantonal police also appear to be involved. At the request of BLICK, this confirms that it is aware of the case and is currently carrying out further clarifications. BLICK also tries to contact the suspected fraudster, but all attempts fail. He cannot be reached for comment.
And the owners have allegedly not yet received any money from the insurance company. Facchinetti: “You call it a breach of trust and not theft. That’s why we haven’t seen a black horse so far. “
“We have sleepless nights”
The couple have run out of income since the theft two months ago. “But we have outstanding bills and a loan to pay off, our savings have already been used up. We have sleepless nights and depression, ”says Facchinetti.
The mill of justice grinds far too slowly for the couple. In addition: The thief now wants to sell the cars. “Friends discovered the ads on the Internet and contacted them to inspect the vehicles, but they too were repeatedly put off.”
Facchinetti is certain: “There’s a whole clan behind it”
Michael Facchinetti contacted the seller directly and told him that the cars belonged to him. «He claimed that he was betrayed by our thief himself and even threatened us. We think it’s a whole clan and everyone is involved. ” Now the couple are also afraid of the threats. “But the police are still of no help to us.”
By making his story public, Facchinetti wants to warn other car rental companies. “And I want the police to do their job. Insurance companies should also open their eyes: if the vehicle is gone, it’s a theft, nothing else. It’s also funny that a private person can simply have someone else’s vehicle registration canceled. That shouldn’t be possible. “
If nobody helps, then the couple will be left with nothing. Facchinetti: “Something like that should simply not be possible in Switzerland!”
Published: April 6th, 2021, 12:44 a.m.