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Dealer swindles Dillon

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A dealer of exotic cars has been charged with swindling more than $1 million from Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon and six other buyers.

Peter van de Goor, 37, of Stamford, is accused of taking prospective buyers' money for Ferraris and other cars and then failing to deliver the automobiles, The Advocate of Stamford reported Wednesday.

Dillon signed a contract with van de Goor to buy a Ferrari and wired him the $200,000 purchase price to an escrow account, authorities said.

Court records say van de Goor never delivered the Tour de France blue Ferrari and pocketed Dillon's money. Investigators said they believe van de Goor never had the car.

However, Dillon said following practice Wednesday in Cincinnati that he got the car he ordered. He said he didn't know anything about the allegations against van de Goor.

''My Ferrari is in my garage,'' Dillon said. ''I'm not involved, and I don't want to be involved.''

The allegations are contained in arrest warrant affidavits charging van de Goor with first-degree larceny, a felony. The state police Regional Auto Theft Task Force obtained seven arrest warrants for van de Goor last week.

Van de Goor, being held on bonds totaling more than $400,000, was scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Nov. 14. He faces more than 150 years in prison if convicted.