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Donnie Callaway remains in custody Phoenix AZ. Grand Jury Indictment

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  1. DriftingWood

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    You don’t build a “cathedral” collector car storage in LA from the ground up and then a year later buy two additional buildings in LA to do the same thing with YouTube money
     
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  2. vdubpower

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    two rogers dont make a right
     
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  3. rob lay

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    he just said in the podcast he has no business partners, except for the other guy for the Smoking Gun podcast. so either he is lying or isn't counting dad as a true partner.
     
  4. Shark01

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    Or maybe he has already received much of his inheritance....My Mom wants to start distributing and it is all I can do to keep the money in her accounts and keep the wolves, err family at bay.
     
  5. DriftingWood

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    Yea Matt’s personal finances and family aside which shouldn’t be a topic of conversation here admittedly, he made some poor choices associating himself with Donnie and promoting the guy as he did. Now he pays the price for that with his cars and image which aside from his car storage is his other business.
     
  6. TTR

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    I don't see it being any different than countless people taking time out of their daily lives to follow & post on countless interweb forums, including this one, or other social media platforms, even if topics are irrelevant to their daily lives or they have little to no direct/personal experiences with it.

    I assume it stems from same mindset what makes people follow celebrities, influencers or realities of their housewives, etc.

    Just look at the “entertainment”(?), preoccupation & soapbox participation, this TV novella thread involving several “new” characters has provided for so many who normally don’t even bother with “Vintage” section.

    I can only imagine how many threads of same topic can be found in various sections of this and countless other forums.
     
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  7. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Three Time F1 World Champ

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    In his circle of friends Donnie is probably the high water mark. Face it, would you have a beer with him even if he was buying?
    I cant imagine it and I have hung with some pretty rough individuals in my life. Hes a low life.
     
  8. Doug.

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    WTF!
     
  9. rob lay

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    I don't think people should be criticized for what they're born with, but then why sell drugs in college and have "priors" or "didn't get caught". Kind of like Steve-O's story dad big executive and he was a complete unhinged addict.
     
  10. Doug.

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    Well he must think his listeners/followers are incredibly stupid then because as mentioned, it doesn't add up.

    Maybe his dad shares Kevin O'Leary's philosophy. No loans. One time gift, and that's it. So in that case, yeah he probably doesn't count his dad as a partner if that's where it came from.

    My nephew is married into the Rao's family. His wife gets money. Gives her opportunities. Doesn't lie about it, doesn't hide it, just appreciates it. Respectable.

    Not saying Matt is lying but I find people who do about that stuff morally reprehensible. He's always seemed very douchey to me anyway. Makes even less sense to me now about him dealing drugs in college. What a joke.

    When you're totally honest about that kind of stuff instead of hiding it, completely respectable. Anyone in that position wouldn't turn it away, it's all in how you carry it.
     
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  11. 4CamGT

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    At 35:30 he talks about it:

     
  12. Nuvolari

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    On this episode of TST podcast Matt Farah has his father on and he is outstanding. Super interesting background into his past. Matt hates it when people come up to him and tell him how much they loved this episode. His Dad is an absolute all star in business and worthwhile to listen to:

     
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  13. DriftingWood

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    Agreed. Great episode. Perhaps Matt’s insecurities all lie within his Dads success
     
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    He has always been pretty transparent about it tbh
     
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    Drunk, boring & stupid is no way to go through life.
     
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    "Fat, drunk and stupid"
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  17. Rifledriver

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    Maybe not so bad if the money never runs out.
     
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    A mechanic's lien has to be the absolute last resort in trying to get paid. You have to work it out with the owners first if there is a disagreement.

    And its not easy to get. When you are dealing with people who can lawyer up easily on high buck cars, expect trouble -- especially if you are not a legally registered auto repair facility in CA.

    And if his billing and authorization process was a sloppy as his shop, expect big disagreements with customers.

    If this is just a hobby, it would be a civil matter. But as a hobby the owners could walk into the shop, take their cars, and not pay anything. Then Donnie could sue, not the other way around.

    One thing is for sure... this ain't going to be pleasant for Donnie or his current customers.

    As to the "sting" allegation -- if I'm about to plunk down a lot of cash and someone tells me "hey, those cars are stolen" -- I'm contacting the police. No way I want to buy a car that has the chance of being stolen. If I know or suspect it, I could be considered a fence and part of the crime. So I don't blame whoever contacted the police. Let them sort it out.

    Obviously the DA thought there was enough evidence to charge and the judge then threw the book at him in the bail amount because of the amount of the money involved.

    It is possible someone was trying to screw Donnie over and not pay or try to reduce the bill. But if you don't do the paperwork properly, you risk being accused of theft and fraud.

    And I will say one last thing. If I had a legitimate title on a high buck car, I'm announcing to the world I have this car to get the most $$$ if I intend to sell.
     
  19. shaughnessy

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    There was a hearing for reduced bail today. Motion was denied. Callaway remains incarcerated.


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  20. fatbillybob

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    I read these stories and these criminals con big people as clients. It would be so much more sustainable to honestly service these clients and earn a great living. Otoh, over the years I have seen many once good people just full on self destruct.
     
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  21. Jack-the-lad

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    Based on what I’ve read I don’t think he ever had the skills, knowledge or talent to make a good living that way.
     
  22. Rifledriver

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    I agree completely. To me he is one of the group who looks at the client base and thinks to himself they have more than me and thats not fair. They got it by screwing others so nothing wrong with screwing them. I see it a lot.
     
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  23. Rifledriver

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    Could not happen to a more deserving individual.
    I guess that means the appeal that his people sent out to his clients did not have the desired effect. Thats good, maybe people are learning.

    I sincerely hope when this is all over hes sleeping on a park bench. The hottest corner of hell is a little too much to expect I suppose.
     
  24. shaughnessy

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    Stephen Mandel sent me this to post
    He is NOT on FChat

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    Mr. Callaway is NO fallen angel, and it is completely wrong to even suggest such a comparison.
    In 2011 he was abusing legal processes to falsely charge me $106,000

    In “storage fees” for my Miura that he had contracted to perform $50,000 in services for.

    Not only were these storage fees completely unreasonable, but they were illegally being levied for the period of time that he was taking to do the work.

    So he never completed the work he promised (in his own hand writing and signed on his own stationary) and that I paid for, yet charged me $106,000 for storage fees that are not only ridiculously unreasonable, but completely unjustified during the period that he never completed.

    Yet Donney and his complicit amoral attorney were using these false charges to sue me, while he was attempting to abuse legal processes to conduct a lien sale because I was not willing to pay the additional unjustified storage fees.



    His plan was to be the only bidder at the lien sale, and steal my most valuable (now approx. $2,000,000) car without paying anything for it, and after receiving payment for services not completed from me.



    Famed 1950s-60s Ferrari barn finder specialist - Mr. Tom Shaughnessy verified in the year 2011 that Donney had been doing this sort of thing AND GETTING AWAY WITH it for 10 years already at the time.
    He showed me his telephone phone list with Donney’s name and number on it with the word “CROOK” beside it. He told me the same as all the other Police related resources had told me - that it was a civil matter and that there was nothing else that I could do but fight him and his “Crook” attorney by civil processes, and by the time that I was done I would likely have invested more than the car was worth in legal fees at the time.
    This was his working criminal modus operandi that he and his attorney were abusing civil legal processes to achieve "legally".
    My best friends were advising me to give it up, as it was not worth the price it was exacting on my health dealing with so much stress, and dollar for dollar it would not be worth trying to win it back.

    However, owing to my extreme persistence, I finally got VERY lucky in that I connected with John Thorne from the Los Angeles car theft prevention agency called TRAP.
    He was near retirement so stuck his neck out for me and later got chewed out by Sheriff Baka who was later dismissed in disgrace for being crooked himself.

    They conducted a Special Forces raid on Donney’s shop involving more than a dozen police related vehicles. Pulled my car out from behind about 15 others purposely blocking its exit and later let him plea bargain for being allowed to wear an ankle bracelet for many months before being sent away for a 5 year term stay in State prison.
    In testament to his grandiose cultivated capabilities - a well established car designer friend of mine attended a Garage Tour in Monterey after he was released from prison. Not one person in this audience other than my friend showed any sign of having reason to doubt when he announced that he had spent the last several years studying at the Ferrari factory - when he was actually incarcerated in State Prison!
    He also was the only one arguing that he should not be made to pay a fee for attending the tour, as the group was being allowed the benefit of his exalted presence.
    When approached by my friend, he realized the connection between us and announced to the crowd, that my friend was the friend of a crook (me!) despite the fact that he had just gotten out of Prison for victimizing myself and so many others.
    The plea bargain was required to get my engine and other parts returned, as Donney was on the lamb. Off to Hawaii and several other states before he decided he had played his hand as long as he could before his eventual capture.

    There were 14 counts against him, including grand theft auto, but the D.A. decided to ease their workload and not require the State to put him up for the 15 years that he had earned, by only prosecuting the first four easiest to prosecute charges.
    Unfortunately that left me with no grand theft auto conviction even though my car had been reduced to small bags of parts with no parts remaining connected to another. So no insurance payout to me – just $184,200 eventual restitution order that he has been quoted as never intending to pay a cent towards.



    There were four other victims suffering similar grievances represented in the criminal prosecution of this sociopathic con man extraordinaire, and I’ve heard mention of many more that fell by the wayside and succumbed to his evil devices as they were not as capable of finding the alternate resources that I did at the last minute after a full year of hearing that the only route to justice was the civil proceedings that Donney and his unscrupulous attorney were so adept at abusing to the point of “legalizing” what in truth was felony fraud and theft on an astonishing scale.



    Donney has a very convincing external persona, which is why the few defending him were fooled.

    But that is only his facade that only a true sociopath could muster so convincingly.

    I cringed when I saw jay Leno taken in by his act, because I knew that Jay, like so many others, including myself, had been completely duped by this unscrupulous hustler.

    More recently I was sought out by one of the current victims – Arthur from Belgium and was instrumental in connecting him with the only agencies that could help him resolve his intended loss of over 4 million dollars, as he too was told that the only solution available to him was through civil litigation, and had already paid $250,000 in attorney fees to no avail.


    To sum it up – Donney was never an angel, so had no grace to fall from.

    He is, and for more than the last 20 years has consistently acted as such a practiced megalomanic sociopathic con man that others that did not have to actually negotiate any serious amount of business with him, or were less famous or publicly influential than his most highly esteemed customers that occasionally got nearer a fair deal for the sake of PR, are the only ones that could possibly think anything positive about his character.



    So please for the sake of truth telling let your readers know about this.



    Thank You,



    Dr. Steven Mandell




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  25. MaranelloMark

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    Wow. Just wow. I'm so sorry to hear about that. Unbelievable people like that can survive so long. Sadly, I doubt he'll ever pay the price he so richly deserves. But I sure hope and pray I'm wrong.
     
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