Judge orders car restorer to pay $150K in restitution

Wayne House, Jr. collected $150,000 to restore 32 classic cars that he never worked on


VISALIA – A Visalia man claiming to be a classic car restorer turned out to be nothing more than a colossal fraud. 

Wayne House of Visalia

Wayne House, Jr.
of Visalia

On May 29, Judge Joseph Kalashian sentenced Wayne House, Jr. of Visalia to 20 years suspended state prison, one year in jail, and monthly restitution which will be determined at a hearing on June 28 in Department 5 of the Tulare County Superior Court. House pleaded no contest to all 32 felony counts of grand theft charged against him on April 9. He also pleaded no contest to special allegations of aggravated white collar crime totaling more than $150,000. 

Between April 2008 and October 2010, House, a local classic car restorer, took deposits for restoration work on over 32 vehicles but performed little to no work on the vehicles. House promised some owners that their vehicles would be featured on a restoration reality television show, of which the sponsors would subsidize a portion of the restoration costs. However, no such show was contracted to film and produce a show with House, nor had any sponsors provided parts for the cars. 

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