Pro-tip 1: if you’re going to an auction to buy cheap cars to sell on your sketchy car lot for No Money Down and 43% interest rates...
Auctions aren’t exclusively cash anymore. Visa.
This is also a form of money laundering. Not AS good as real estate, but it comes with paper property record that can be transferred.
Cheap cars can be legally bought for cash.
And he’s small time, friends & neighbors. Really. 5 & 6 figures. He’s low level, and can still operate with cashier’s checks & money orders. But this is how it works.
That’s the thing to recall: most mooks in organized crime are dipshits. All the way up. This guy is smart only in comparison to the others around him.
Also true of the Trumps. There are bricks with more brains.