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September 19, 2018 - Industry News

FTC Shuts Down Websites Offering Fake Pay Stubs for Sale

The operators of websites that sold fake pay stubs and other financial documents have agreed to permanently shut down their business as part of separate settlements with the Federal Trade Commission, the regulator announced this week.

Tags: compliance, F&I office, Federal Trade Commission, fraud, pay stubs

July 9, 2018 - Industry News

NY AG: Brooklyn Dealership Targeted Non-English Speakers

Bay Ridge Honda has agreed to pay $423,000 in restitution and penalties to settle charges of deceptive acts and practices that followed dozens of complaints from aggrieved customers, many of whom are non-English speakers.

Tags: compliance, Deceptive Practices, fraud, Payment Packing, UDAP, Unfair Practices

March 23, 2017 - Industry News

N.Y.’s Major World Charged with Predatory Sales and Finance Practices

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has filed charges against Queens-based Major World and its three used-vehicle dealerships for allegedly employing deceptive financing and sales practices that targeted low-income and immigrant consumers.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Department of Consumer Affairs, fraud, Major World, powerbooking

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

Former Credit Union CEO Charged With Fraud

The former CEO of Valor Federal Credit Union was charged with executing a scheme to defraud the credit union of approximately $718,000 to pay for his personal credit card, college tuition, his wife's birthday party, and a golf tournament sponsorship.

Tags: Attempted Fraud, FBI, fraud, Investigation, U.S. Attorney's Office, Valor Federal Credit Union

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

N.J. Consumer Affairs Division Reaches $25K Settlement with Dealer

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and AutoSource Group, a used-car dealership, have settled a lawsuit filed by the regulator earlier this year. The dealership was accused of failing to disclose the condition of its cars, among other things.

Tags: consumer complaints, fraud, Lawsuit, lemon law, New Jersey, Settlement, used vehicles

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Calif. Dealer Sentenced to 13 Years for Embezzlement

The former owner and operator of Costa Mesa Bellagio Motors, a car dealership that specialized in buying and selling high-end luxury vehicles, was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $2 million from unsuspecting customers.

Tags: compliance, embezzlement, fraud, Luxury Vehicles, prison

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Serra Nissan Manager Charged With Defrauding Manufacturer

Federal prosecutors have accused the general manager of Serra Nissan of directing dealership employees to falsify sales reports to receive incentive payments from the manufacturer. Earlier in the week, the dealership’s controller was arrested for fraud.

Tags: fraud, Nissan, U.S. Attorney

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Michigan Suspends Licenses of Five Dealers

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has suspended the licenses of five Detroit used-vehicle dealers after an investigation uncovered multiple fraudulent acts, including the sale of cars containing stolen parts and record-keeping violations.

Tags: compliance, fraud, Michigan, vehicle title

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs Sues Used-Car Dealer

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has filed a lawsuit against a used-car dealership accused of selling used cars without disclosing prior damage and selling vehicles “as is” when they qualified for a warranty, among other things.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, fraud, Lawsuit, lemon law

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Mass. Dealer Sued for Selling Defective Cars

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a complaint against a used-car dealer who allegedly had customers fill out blank contracts and then charged them at least twice the agreed-upon price for defective cars.

Tags: attorney general, defect, fraud, Lawsuit, Massachusetts

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Penn. Dealer Pocketed Customer Fees, Police Say

The owner and operator of a Pennsylvania dealership has been accused of taking money from at least 40 customers and not submitting title and registration paperwork and fees to the state’s Department of Transportation.

Tags: compliance, fraud, vehicle title

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Dealer Arrested For Forgery, Fraud

A Georgia dealer was charged with 18 felonies and 9 misdemeanors for allegedly committing fraud and forgery in association with the sale of vehicles.

Tags: forgery, fraud

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

5 Serra Nissan Employees Arrested

The indictment of the five dealership employees follows federal charges levied against two other Serra Nissan sales managers earlier this year. They are facing federal charges related to a scheme to fraudulently boost loan approvals and car sales.

Tags: bank fraud, F&I manager, fraud, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., Santander Consumer USA

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

N.J. Dealer Pleads Guilty to Selling Cars Damaged in Superstorm Sandy

A dealer who acquired clean titles for flood-damaged cars he bought at auction faces up to three years in prison. He must also reimburse the customers who purchased the seven vehicles.

Tags: Auto Auctions, compliance, fraud, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years for Identity Theft

The owner of Edge Auto Sales used personal identifying information from customer credit applications to forge dozens of fraudulent auto loans and fabricate the existence of two dealerships.

Tags: attorney general, compliance, fraud, identity theft

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

BBB Warns Consumers of Fake Dealership

Customers reported that they found listings for the dealership on Cars.com, but the dealer was using a fake address.

Tags: BBB, Cars.com, fraud

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Employees Charged With Defrauding Florida Dealership

Three dealership employees are charged with embezzling $400,000 from their employer, The Tampa Tribune reports.

Tags: fraud, marketing

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

Two S.C. Dealerships Accused of Scheming Low-Income Buyers

The Post and Courier reports that employees at two Charleston car dealerships schemed low-income buyers into buying vehicles they could not afford.

Tags: fraud, Lawsuit

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