As of 2/28/13 he's still advertising on Craig's List. Under ASE Master Technician Professional Auto Repair Half-Price and Done Right!
This a becoming a real headache for me and others dealing with this guy Joe Cipolla, who has conned several people (including myself) out their money when it comes to auto parts, auto repairs, selling and buying cars.
In my case it was auto repairs. He did part of the work, although not correctly and the other part not at all. He even stole a fiber cloth out of my car too! He's been running this scam for way over 10 years, served jail time in Pontiac and continues on the same path.
I've yet to talk to one person with the Chicago Police Dept. who will do anything about him. Even taking a simple police report seems to be a bother with them! Really, what do you have to do to get them to take action against a habitual offender? They insist it's a civil matter not criminal? Really? Why do we even have a police department if they won't do anything???
I recently filed a complaint with Dept. [continued below]....
..... of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection and although there was a Hearing he never showed up. This is common with Joe Cipolla. Fine went from $1,400 to $6,500 Will I ever get my money back, doubt it? How can you get money from someone who only deals in cash?
If you were scammed by him please file a report with the Attorney General's office. I did and got a response from him, offered to pay only a fraction of amount owed. Declined the offer. Just so you know he's famous for offering money but NOT paying it back. Also, was told I was the only one that ever filed a report with them, they don't go after a person if there's only one complaint.
Just watch out for him and if yo do get scammed out of money like I did be prepared with dealing with a justice system that isn't very just!