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SHORT TAKES : '60 Minutes' Auto Fraud Source Has Mobile Home Firebombed

December 20, 1990|From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

HOUSTON — The mobile home of a man who appeared on "60 Minutes" to expose odometer tampering by used car dealers was apparently firebombed while he was away, authorities said.

The explosion and fire early Wednesday destroyed the home of Charles Vance, a construction company owner and former used car dealer who went to CBS along with a business partner with allegations of fraud by Houston wholesalers.

"It's retaliation for the odometer segment," Vance said. "I would have done the same thing again. I believe it was something that needed to be done."

Fire Department investigators said someone apparently firebombed the trailer.

Vance said he has been moving his family from the home frequently to make it appear people were living there. He said the family stayed there Monday night but stayed elsewhere Tuesday.

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