TLM Design and Construction has a permit pulled for new driveway access on the property.
McKinney and Compton said Mangiardi and her brother-in-law were very friendly during the six to eight months that the auto lot was under construction.
In late February, just two weeks before she pleaded guilty to federal charges, the men said Mangiardi convinced them to hand over a collective $5,000.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I image it was a scam,” said McKinney, who has only been paid back a small portion of his investment.
When Local 6 went by Auto Source Tuesday, both Mangiardi and her brother-in-law Bruce Berray were on site despite evidence that TLM Design and Construction filed administration dissolution with the Florida Department of State’s Division of Corporations a day prior.
“I don’t understand how she still has a contractor’s license,” said Compton.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation who regulates and issues contractors’ licenses said they did not have any complaints on Mangiardi or cause to remove her license right now.
However, that is likely to change now that she has pled guilty to federal charges.
Her Initial Appearance and Arraignment set for March 20 at 10 a.m. in Orlando Courtroom 6 D before Magistrate Judge David A. Baker.
Mangiardi will be sentenced sometime in the next 75 days where a judge could send her to prison for up to 10 years.
Federal investigators are still collecting evidence against Mangiardi, and said that restitution will include all victims who continue to come forward.
Victims should contact Jeff Starnes with the Secret Service at 407-426-5911 if they have not already filed a complaint.
Mangiardi’s victims have set up a support system through email as well. They are asking all victims to get in contact with them at firstname.lastname@example.org.