Police Receive More Complaints About Limo Operator

Posted on October 20, 2004 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

LOWER NAZERETH TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Police are investigating at least three new complaints against a Lower Nazareth Township supervisor's limousine service, the day after he was charged with multiple counts of theft and fraud.

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission confirmed that the operating license for Supervisor Brian Cobel's Shotgun Entertainment Inc., revoked since March, had never been reinstated.

Cobel ran his limousine service at least one time police are aware of since his license was revoked, and possibly with greater frequency, said Colonial Police Detective Gary Hammer.

Operating with a revoked license carries a fine of up to $1,000 per day per incident, according to the commission.

”It appears he's taken money from people,” Hammer said, noting that it is not certain if he’s been doing the actual service.

Hammer said he received several calls Oct. 5 from people claiming to have had recent problems with Shotgun. Among the calls was a woman who hired the company for her wedding this month, Hammer said.

Cobel, 37, was charged Monday with five counts of fraud and theft involving two separate incidents. In one instance, a customer claims to have been charged twice for the same service on July 18.

The other charges stem from a customer who booked Shotgun in 2003 for a Sept. 18 wedding this year. Police say Cobel failed to show up for services that day, despite the customer paying a $200 deposit.

Shotgun lost its operating certificate in March after Cobel failed in 2002 to pay the yearly assessment the PUC charges limousine companies. Cobel never filed the necessary paperwork or paid outstanding fines to have his license reinstated, PUC spokesman Eric Levis said.

Cobel runs the company from his home and Levis said it did not appear Cobel was authorized to operate Shotgun.

''He's barred now,'' said Levis. ''The only way would be to pay the outstanding fines and apply for a certificate of public convenience.''

Cobel could not be reached for comment because his phone is disconnected.

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