Dinwiddie in Yuma court: Ex-Wife and alleged victims speak out

Dinwiddie in Yuma court: Ex-Wife and alleged victims speak out

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Yuma, AZ-  The former owner of the Arizona Market Place is behind bars. Today 51- Year old Daniel Dinwiddie went before Judge David Rivera at the Yuma County Weekend Court to be read his charges.      

"Daniel Dinwiddie is a true con-artist. The 3 years I witnessed that mans business practice it was all for him, it had nothing to do for the Arizona market place. He would go after vendors for money plain and simple," Says Kenny Paine A former Client of AZ Market. 

Dinwiddie has charges of fraudulent schemes and theft pending against him. Police say they began investigating his business practices at the Arizona Market place located on 3351 South Avenue 4E in April of 2012. Police say the investigation revealed that Dinwiddie was accepting rent deposits from vendors for the next season even though he already set motion to close the business. 

"Taking vendors money and obviously not making it go to the spaces which is what we thought it would be is wrong. So we are hoping with the court system that they will make sure he can pay all the money back to the vendors that he took from," says Susan Newberry a former Client of AZ Market. 

Police report there were multiple victims and the estimated loss is approximately $90,000. Susan Newberry, owner of Mattress Warehouse Tells News 13 Dinwiddie owes her $12,000.

Dinwiddie's ex- wife Andrea was at court in support of him and says he is a good man who never intentionally set out to hurt anyone. 

"He tried his best to take care of the business the way he could, but unfortunately he wasn't surrounded by the right people to help him do a great job. He stepped on some big toes in this town so he doesn't have a chance," says Andrea Dinwiddie. 

Paine who rented space from Dinwiddie for his Pampered Pets business tells a different story.  

 "If we didn't agree with him he would threaten us. I've personally been threaten 4 times, he actually physically threatened me. He's a bad guy," says Paine.

Judge Rivera set Dinwiddies bond at $200,000. As of late this evening he had not made bond.

He is due back in court at the end of the month.

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