Owner of Xtreme Diesel Performance arrested, victims urged to come forward

Xtreme Diesel Performance, scam, consumer ripoff, fraud, scam alert
Michael Thomas, owner of Xtreme Diesel Performance

Ocala, Florida — The State Attorney’s Office is still looking other victims who might have been scammed by a local shop owner.

36-year-old Michael Thomas was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued by the SAO, on July 11, 2017. He was taken into custody at his shop, located at 3621 Northeast 36th Avenue.

Thomas is listed as the owner of Xtreme Diesel Performance, LLC. He is accused of defrauding customers of more than $50,000 for work he never performed on their vehicles.

Statement from the owner of the true XDP company:

Please be advised that the company and person named in this report is in no way affiliated with a company of the same name headquartered in Wall, NJ. The NJ company is the rightful owner of the federally trademarked and registered name(s), however, the company from Ocala, Fl has been using it without their permission. The unauthorized use by the Florida company has led to multiple counts of confusion regarding sales, ownership, quality of service and reputation. A further search of these two companies may reveal the court documents surrounding the attempt of the NJ company to get the Florida company to stop using its federally registered name.

In an e-mail to Ocala Post, a former employee stated that Thomas would extract money from customers for custom jobs, but never order parts or complete the work customers had paid for. He said that Thomas would threaten customers if they complained. Thomas allegedly told customers that he would place a lien on their vehicle and seize it if they continued to call the shop.

According to records obtained from the Marion County Clerk of the Court, seven victims have come forward.

Dozens of complaints have been filed online.

Thomas was charged with one count of Organized Fraud-$50,000 or more. He has since been released on a $10,000 bond.

Ironically, sources close to Thomas say that he is married to a Marion County Sheriff’s detective.

If you were a victim, call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 352-732-9111, Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP, text a tip to 274637 using keyword 368-STOP, or visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. Anonymity is guaranteed.

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  • Jessica Christman Hausmann

    Ocala Post should be clear in the title for this article that this is not the xtp based out of New Jersey. A lot of people are not reading the article in fall and assuming it’s XDP out of New Jersey and not the fraudulent company out of Florida. Please add FL after the XDP in the title to this article

    • Jessica Christman Hausmann

      XDP based*

      • Isis Lovette

        It says Ocala and Marion County, neither of which are in your shit state

  • Jeff

    The sheriff’s office tried to avoid the public finding out what was really going on in this case. Why? Because the scum bad is married to a detective. So to keep it from going viral MCSO kept a lid on it. Notice how they didn’t blast it all over there facebook page? double standard.thank you ocala post for responding to my email.

  • Tonya

    Funny how everyone comes out of the woods to bash someone… Extreme diesel performance in Ocala did a complete bullet proof job on my 6.0 …And can honestly say that I had no problems dealing with Michael.. I even gave him about 75% cash down to start the work on my truck… Truck runs great….Will continue to use Extreme diesel performance in Ocala…

    • Ron

      Dat your baby daddy?