Girlfriend of double-homicide suspect charged in car dealer fraud case

Mallerie Nicole Neiiendam

Mallerie Nicole Neiiendam

A Bonita Springs car dealer is claiming that several employees, including a teenage girl connected to a double-homicide suspect, defrauded the business by keeping cash on deals. One of the cars in question was registered to Lisandro Resendiz, 21, who was arrested in connection with the slaying of two people in Bonita Springs earlier this year.

However, the car was not connected to the slayings, said John Sheehan, a Lee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. It was a coincidence, he said, that the car registered to Resendiz.

Resendiz is the boyfriend of Mallerie Nicole Neiiendam, 17, of the 28000 block of Pine Haven Way, Bonita Springs, and the father to her two children, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report.

She was arrested Wednesday night in the 18000 block of Miami Boulevard in Fort Myers, charged with fraud or swindling to obtain property less than $20,000 and grand theft. Her name is spelled several different ways in the booking report.

Resendiz remains in Lee County jail charged with two counts each of second-degree murder and kidnapping and a count of second-degree arson. He is one of six men charged in connection with the Aug. 1 deaths of Daniel Leonor, 24, and Israel Ponce, 20, at a Bonita Springs house. The men were suffocated and then a vehicle they were in set on fire. One man has entered a plea deal with prosecutors.

According to reports:

Larry Maybin, 44, owner of Bonita Auto Sales, a “buy here, pay here” dealership, called deputies on Aug. 13 and told them a man who was in charge of sales and customer accounts was collecting cash payments and keeping the money. He would sign over the titles to the cars, which he was not authorized to do. The man, Neiiendam and another person were identified as suspects. The other two have yet to be arrested.

Several customers spoke with deputies who identified people they met with to make payments. In one case, a title was signed over to a woman by one of the suspects when money was still owed.

Another car, a 1993 Toyota Camry, had a purchase order drafted on April 1 for $2,224.44 for Neiiendam. A $200 deposit was received but no additional payments. A search showed the Camry was registered on March 2 with a temporary plate to Resendiz.

In June a witness said a friend told him Neiiendam had a 1993 Camry that had broken down in a parking lot and she was trying to sell it. The witness said he gave her $1,200 and told her to contact someone else for the title.

The total estimated loss to Bonita Auto Sales is $8,085.

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