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October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Car Dealer Pleads Guilty in Financing Scam

The former operator of a West Texas dealership and two others are accused of devising a plan to approve loans for customers who did not meet a credit union’s lending standards. The credit union lost $3.9 million as a result of the scam.

Tags: Auto Loans, bank fraud, fraud

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Denver Dealer Being Investigated for Withholding Titles, FOX31 Denver reports

Auto dealer Koroush Ghasemi of ABC Auto Sales in Denver is under investigation after more than 40 former clients claimed the dealer never sent them titles for their new vehicles.

Tags: Better Business Bureau, fraud

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

NADA to Remain Focused on CFPB, Says Incoming Chairman

The hot-button issue for the NADA in 2014 will be the CFPB’s targeting of the indirect financing channel, incoming NADA Chairman Forrest McConnell tells F&I and Showroom.

Tags: Brittany-Marie Swanson, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

Sales Manger Accused of Falsifying Loan Documents

The former sales manager at Serra Nissan was indicted by a federal grand jury for bank fraud. He pleaded not guilty to devising a scheme to defraud Capital One Auto Finance.

Tags: bank fraud, Capital One Auto Finance, fraud, Nissan

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Modesto Dealers Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud

Two brothers who owned and operated several California dealerships were sentenced to more than four years in prison and ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution for conspiring to commit bank fraud.

Tags: auto finance, bank fraud, Credit Applications

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

NY Attorney General Cracks Down on Fake Reviews

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced an agreement with 19 companies to stop writing fake online reviews and to pay more than $350,000 in fines.

Tags: Customer Reviews, Deceptive Advertising, false advertisements, fraud, online reputation management, review sites

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Auto Suppliers Ordered to Pay $740M for Price Fixing

The conspiracies affected more than $5 billion in automobile parts sold to U.S. car manufacturers, and more than 25 million cars purchased by American consumers, the Department of Justice announced.

Tags: Investigation, manufacturers, Mitsubishi

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Wyoming Man Sentenced in Car Fraud Case

A man was sentenced to 12 to 26 years in prison for writing bad checks and using a fake dealer’s license number to purchase cars at the Nebraska Auto Auction in 2011.

Tags: Auto Auctions, fraud

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

CFPB Orders Chase, JPMorgan to Refund $309M to Customers

The CFPB ordered another bank’s credit card division to repay customers for the way it delivered "add-on products" to customers.

Tags: CFPB, Chase, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, JP Morgan Chase

September 6, 2013 - Industry News

NADA Issues Dealer Data Guidance

The NADA issued a memo to members last week that outlines regulatory requirements for protecting the consumer information they collect. The memo follows warnings about data access from the FTC and F&I and Showroom columnist Jim Ziegler.

Tags: Brittany-Marie Swanson, data, data protection, DMS, Federal Trade Commission, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Ohio AG Seeks $94,000 Reimbursement From Used-Car Dealership

Three Ohio brothers who owned a now-defunct used-car dealership are charged with failing to deliver motor vehicle titles to customers. The state’s attorney general seeks $94,000 in reimbursement.

Tags: compliance, Lawsuit, Ohio

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

2 Dealers Accused of False Advertising Settle With FTC

As part of their settlement with the FTC, two dealers from Maryland and Ohio are prohibited from advertising discounts or prices unless the ads clearly disclose any qualifications or restrictions.

Tags: false advertisements, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, Settlement

August 29, 2013 - Industry News

[Video] Dodd-Frank Act to Headline F&I Conference and Expo

The magazine will convene an all-star cast of compliance and regulatory experts to delve into the Dodd-Frank Act and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. They’ll also touch on what’s happening at the state level.

Tags: Andrew Koblenz, Damon Wiener, Dodd-Frank Act, F&I Conference & Expo, Gregory Arroyo, Nikki Munro, Terry O'Loughlin

August 29, 2013 - Industry News

Dealer Ordered to Pay $2M in Restitution

As part of a plea bargain for failing to give $1.2 million in sales tax to the state, the New Jersey dealer will pay restitution and will never again own, work at or consult for a dealership in the state.

Tags: consumer complaints, fraud, used car

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

AFSA Launches New Compliance Committee

The traded association's new Operations and Regulatory Compliance Committee will address the policies, guidance, enforcement actions and regulations issued by the federal government and agencies that impact its members.

Tags: AFSA, compliance, Dodd-Frank Act

August 15, 2013 - Industry News

Certegy Settles With FTC for Fair Credit Act Violations

Certegy Check Services Inc. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Tags: compliance, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Federal Trade Commission

August 15, 2013 - Industry News

'Father of F&I Menu' to Take on Dodd-Frank Act

F&I and Showroom contributor will address two major threats posed by the Dodd-Frank Act, and will show attendees how they can maintain performance in today’s intense regulatory environment.

Tags: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protect, George Angus, Industry Summit

August 13, 2013 - Industry News

CFPB Responds to House Republicans

The CFPB was short on details when it responded last week to 35 House Republicans who requested additional information on the bureau’s review of dealer participation programs.

Tags: CFPB, Congress, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Credit Acceptance Corp. Keeping “Close Eye” on CFPB

In its second quarter earnings call, Credit Acceptance Corp. noted that its relationships with industry associations have kept it up to speed on looming regulations.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Credit Acceptance Corp., financial regulation

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

Auto Sales Expected to Hit Four-Year High

This year, the average number of sales per dealership is expected to rise to 877 units based on vehicle sales of 15.6 million, according to a midyear report from Urban Science.

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

July Deliveries Could Rise 7 Percent, CNW Predicts

The first 20 days of July has the market research firm predicting a 7 percent gain in deliveries from a year ago. CNW also spots an incentive war brewing on the horizon.

Tags: CNW Research, New-Car Sales

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

1.2 Million Buy Used Instead of New

The Great Recession is still weighing heavily on how consumers shop for vehicles, as new-vehicle intenders continue to make the switch to used. It’s a trend automakers should continue to fuel, CNW predicts.

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

RoadVantage Adds to Executive Team

The company celebrates its two-year anniversary by announcing two expansion moves aimed at fueling the company’s continued growth.

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

House Republicans Call CFPB Agenda a ‘Loss to Consumers’

Thirty-five congressional republicans warn the bureau that reforms it seeks in the auto finance industry could weaken marketplace competition and hurt a consumer’s ability to obtain the best financing terms.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, Congress, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

June 17, 2013 - Industry News

Dealership CEO Accused of Evading Cash Deposit Reporting Requirements

Dealership CEO indicted for allegedly evading reporting requirements for cash deposits. The 26-count indictment could lead to a maximum penalty that includes decades in prison, plus a fine and possible penalties for his company.

Tags: fraud