If Mr. lawing was preying primarily on people in is own County I would think enough complaints to the county sheriff's office might warrant a look into his conduct. As it is he preys on customers (marks) living outside his own county of residence. The local sheriff's dept. and prosecutor have no political incentive to investigate and prosecute this bad actor. To most of us it is unthinkable to how a person can live their life in such a manner. Truth may be he slowly slid into this type of fraudulent behavior by getting so far behind while having cash flow issues that the taking of deposits carried him on while he lived in denial that he would someday catch up and make good. At some point he realized that he would never be able to dig out of the pit he dug for himself . He also found that he was having little or no consequences for his actions. So now we watch as he continues to part people from their money. Just some of my thoughts. We can call it the "Bernie Madoff syndrome" for lack of better.
It is a very sad thing when someone finds this forum only after the have sent a deposit to SAS to have their dream car built and then realize they have been lied to swindled and robbed. Truly and sad situation.