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New evidence in alleged ponzi-scheme

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Posted at 10:01 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 22:01:21-05

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -- Dozens of people claim they trusted Craig Danzig with Blue Marlin Motors in Stuart to sell their classic cars on consignment.

But instead, Danzig is accused of selling the cars and keeping the money for himself.

Investigators say he was operating what seems to be a ponzi-scheme.

Since his arrest in late November for not paying back ten alleged victims, 15 more people have come forward, according to Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.

Investigators say he has filed bankruptcy for his business, but those 25 alleged victims are still waiting to get their cars back or get a check.

"There's really a big fight over who gets those cars. He hasn't paid for the cars but he's in bankruptcy, and the cars are in his possession. The victims are trying to get their cars back," Snyder said.

But, a new piece of evidence against Danzig could help some of those victims see some money.

Investigators say a man claiming to be Craig Danzig, who they say also sounds like Danzig, accidentally left a voicemail for one of his alleged victims.

You hear "It's Craig Danzig returning your call." Instead of hanging up, investigators say he begins talking to another man for 5 minutes, all while being recorded on the voicemail.

In that time, he addresses his case. "I think they're going to arrest me again immediately," the voice believed to be Danzig says.

He and the other man talk about the items in Danzig's possession. "This is all my S***. They can't take it. They can't. It's your building and your S***. They can't touch it," the men say.

But, what investigators say they're most interested in is what he says about his money.

"There is a piece in that conversation where he says he has come into millions of dollars," Snyder said.

The voice message continues, "This is crazy when you see what's happening in my life right now. I just got $10 million an hour ago."

AUDIO: Listen to the full voicemail here:

CAUTION: Strong language

While investigators don't know if that's true, or if that's money he will document in his bankruptcy, they do want to know if that could be used to pay back his alleged victims. "If that's the case, then he should pay his victims back and settle these claims," Snyder said.

Bankruptcy records show Danzig has roughly 100 debtors for various reasons.

"We would like to see Danzig step up to the plate and make good on these cases and work with the state attorney and do some kind of restitution," Snyder said.

WPTV has left a message with Danzig's trustee to see if there is $10 million that Danzig has claimed for himself or his business.

The voicemail has been turned over to the state attorney's office.

The state could also revoke his independent dealer's license.