It’s up to the federal investigators to determine if Flynt’s actions rise (or sink) to the level of criminal fraud. Here are some of the facts shown in the video that they’ll be evaluating:
- Trey tells a buyer he’s just “cutting out the middle guy,” maybe suggesting that’s why his prices are so good.
- When asked by the reporter on camera, Trey claims he doesn’t know whether the jerseys are real or not. It seems extremely unlikely that he wouldn’t know.
- Trey advertises that his jerseys come “with all tags,” perhaps implying they are genuine merchandise.
- Trey meets a buyer in the parking lot of the city office where he works his day job. Now investigators have confiscated his work computer to determine if he’s been misusing other city resources to run his side business.
At Police Complaints, we’ve learned that all of Flint’s Craigslist ads have recently been deleted. Unless this was done at the direction of the federal investigators, this could constitute tampering with evidence, a crime in its own right.
We have several clients with pending citizen complaints filed with the Independent Review Office. At least two of those cases are currently assigned to Trey Flynt. We are advising our clients to contact IRO Robin Hammer and ask that their cases be re-assigned to another investigator. Whatever the result of the federal investigation, we don’t trust Trey Flynt and we don’t think the people or the police of Albuquerque will either.