Bruce Springsteen Drummer Max Weinberg Has Lost Thousands Of Dollars In Car Scam

According to recent AP News reports, Max Weinberg is suing a Florida-based auto repair firm. He alleges the company broke a contract to restore a 1957 Mercedes-Benz and utilized his $125,000 for personal costs instead.

Weinberg sued Investment Automotive Group Inc.’s owners, Arthur Siegle, and his family, in Palm Beach County, for $375,000. According to the records, the firm received a payment of $125,000 from the musician three years ago and fraudulently stated they could restore a Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster with significant corrosion and rust.

An Explanation From Weinberg’s Attorney

Law enforcement’s inquiry revealed that Weinberg’s deposit was not applied to the restoration of the vehicle. Rather, the funds were allegedly used to fund personal accounts and credit card payments.

Although the Siegles were not charged criminally, Valentin Rodriguez, Weinberg’s lawyer, released the following statement on Tuesday:

“I guess they figured he’s Max Weinberg, million-dollar drummer for Bruce Springsteen, Mighty Max. He can afford to lose $125,000. [Siegle] thought he could pull the wool over the eyes of someone who is pretty well-known and wealthy, but Max wasn’t just going to sit down and take it.”

The Details Of The Story

When Weinberg contacted the Siegles in April 2021 for a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, the whole thing got began. They were purportedly restoring this type, a desirable convertible built from 1955 to 1963.

The percussionist desired a vehicle that he could display at Concours-level events, where automobiles are assessed based on their genuineness and state of repair. The Siegles guaranteed that their repair would result in an excellent Mercedes that was a “work of art.”

Weinberg used this information to agree to make a $125,000 down payment on a $225,000 total, with the remaining balance due at completion. However, he became worried and sent in auto restoration specialist Pierre Hedary to examine the automobile at the Siegles’ business.

The Restoration Company’s Scam

The expert’s conclusions did not seem good. He discovered extensive corrosion, poor welds, evidence of previous mishaps, and more. He also pointed out that the vehicle was a 1956 model, not the 1957 as stated.

Hedary stated in his assessment, which was part of the lawsuit, that while the repaired automobile might be drivable and aesthetically pleasing to most people, it wouldn’t live up to the high requirements of major car shows. After restoration, he estimated the car’s value at around $120,000, which was half of what the Siegles had stated it would be.

Weinberg filed a complaint with the Broward Sheriff’s Office after being unable to obtain a reimbursement.


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