We’re following up on our previous story involving Indiana’s Fiberglass Freaks and the suspicious raid by an out-of-state law enforcement agency. When I spoke with Mark Racop, the man who runs the shop building official 1966 Batmobile replaces, he was getting ready to travel to California for his August 19th arraignment. Since that call, the arraignment has been canceled, and the criminal case against him is in limbo.
It also turns out that San Mateo County’s Sheriff may soon be under investigation. The supervisors of San Mateo County have asked the California attorney general to look into the raid and Sheriff Carlos Bolanos . Meanwhile, Racop’s bank account is still frozen, which is putting a damper on the production of other Batmobiles in the line.
The man who started the complaint, wealthy real estate agent Sam Anagnostou, was scheduled to speak with ABC7 but decided not to. Apparently, Anagnostou is OK with turning a civil case into a criminal complaint but won’t back up his stance in front of ABC7’s cameras. Anagnostou’s attorney said that they could not comment due to the ongoing investigation.
Considering the felony complaint is public record, the least Anagnostou could elaborate how anything Racop did would be regarded as an act of “obtaining money by false pretenses” or “diversion of construction funds.”
Residents of San Mateo are not happy that tax money was spent on a questionable out-of-state raid. In total, the travel expenses alone came to $10,142.76. This amount does not include any per diem or overhead and administrative costs from work performed within California.
San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos has been missing in action throughout this entire story. At first, he was on a month-long vacation and now says he cannot talk to the media because of the ongoing investigation against Racop. ABC7 also uncovered a trail of money between Racop’s angry customer and the sheriff’s office:
What do you think of this whole thing? Let us know below.[Source: ABC7]