CARTHAGE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The owner of an auto body shop FOX 46 has been investigating for months went before a Moore County judge Tuesday.
FOX 46 was the only station in court when a judge told Fredericks he faces more than 40 years behind bars if convicted of more than a dozen felony charges.
Fredericks, who owned Icon Customs in Aberdeen before it was shut down, is accused of ripping off dozens of people including special forces soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg.
Nearly a half dozen customers tell FOX 46 Fredericks took thousands of dollars from them with promise of restoring their classic cars only to have the vehicles sit for years, without being worked on. Many say their beloved cars were stripped and ended up in pieces.
Fredericks faces seven counts of running a "chop shop" and seven counts of swapping VIN and serial numbers. He has previously denied those accusations.
Each "chop shop" charge carries a sentence of 47 months and each county of swapping VIN and serial numbers carries a sentence of 24 months. If convicted, Fredericks could face more than 41 years behind bars, according to the Moore County District Attorney's Office.
Fredericks left court through a back door. He did not respond to a text message seeking comment.
His next court appearance is March 26.
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