Red Bud mechanic faces felony deceptive practice charge

A 46-year-old Red Bud mechanic has been charged in connection with a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department investigation regarding his banking transactions.

Eric C. Zimmerman surrendered to authorities on Friday on a felony charge of deceptive practice, the sheriff’s department said.

“The charges stem from a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department investigation that started in July of 2018 regarding allegations of falsely depositing checks and allegedly writing a bad check,” the department said in a news release.

Kevin Kubitschek, a Belleville attorney representing Zimmerman, declined to comment on the case on Saturday.

Zimmerman has been the focus of stories aired by KSDK-Channel 5 regarding several customers who complained about Zimmerman’s handling of vehicle repairs.

Zimmerman was released after posting bail on a $45,000 bond.

Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and is from St. Louis.