Self-proclaimed "car king" Riccardo S., owner of SAR Premium Cars in the Aargau canton, attempted to block the 17 articulated trucks that were sent to pick up the luxury cars, but following a brief fight with one of the drivers, he fled and has since disappeared.
Now several of his customers, including high-ranking politicians, businessmen and Swiss Super League footballers, fear the cars they bought or leased from Riccardo S. will be impounded too, and their down payments and deposits will be forfeited.
"I had a BMW from him, and had to wait a year to get my deposit back," one player told Swiss daily Blick anonymously. "But footballing colleagues of mine are still involved, and they will lose a lot of money."
"I leased a BMW X5 for my wife there," said Grasshopper-Club Zurich coach Ciriaco Sforza. "I was informed of the case and had to check my documents. But everything seems to be in order. My bank has assured me of that."
Blick described the list of Riccardo's customers as "a Who's Who of Swiss football." Riccardo's remaining luxury cars are expected to be impounded in the next few weeks.