Born in Cuba, Charlie came to America in 1922, barely speaking English and hoping to find work. He drifted between farms in the southern states, eventually learning to repair agricultural vehicles. By 1930, Charlie had saved enough money to move to Empire Bay and open his own garage. He expanded throughout the Great Depression by "legalizing" stolen cars, many of which were sold abroad by Vinci capo Derek Pappalardo. Despite making an honest living from his body shop chain, Charlie continues to provide these services to the mob. 
He is featured in Jimmy's Vendetta, where Jimmy steals some cars for him. Joe Barbaro also does several missions for him in Joe's Adventures. Despite not appearing in the main game, Charlie still appears with Vito Scaletta and Mike Bruski on a poster unlockable in the main game.