On August 8, 2008 Detectives from the Tampa Police Department called a press conference celebrating the arrests of several Elite Tow Company owners. The Tampa Police detectives accused AMZ Towing owner Oswaldo Viera (44 years old with no prior arrests) of illegally purchasing inoperative vehicles and selling them for scrap.
After several months of thorough discovery and inquiries into the baseless accusations, the undercover officer used in the investigation admitted that he told Mr. Viera that he had permission from the owner to sell the vehicle. Despite the lead detective's initial characterization of the case to attract media attention, the truth was that no crime was committed.
All charges against Mr. Viera were dismissed in Circuit Court. Mr. Viera was represented by board certified criminal attorney Joe Caimano.