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Gabler Attorney Questions Prosecution Evidence

Gabler Attorney Questions Prosecution Evidence

An attorney for indicted Pennsylvania dealer and former association head Andy Gabler has filed a motion accusing prosecutors of failing to document instances of alleged fraud.

November 26, 2019

Mass. Dealer Agrees to Nearly $1M Settlement

Mass. Dealer Agrees to Nearly $1M Settlement

The Boston-area AutoMax group has agreed to a $925,000 settlement after facing accusations of misrepresenting vehicles, warranty and service contract coverage, and fees.

November 21, 2019

Consumers Don’t Always Tell the Truth

Consumers Don’t Always Tell the Truth

For all the dispersions cast on sales and F&I professionals, legal actions against dealerships are frequently the result of lying customers.

November 11, 2019

Former GM Gets 4 Years, Owes $8M for Embezzlement

Former GM Gets 4 Years, Owes $8M for Embezzlement

Amir Bakhtiari will spend 54 months in federal prison and faces deportation to Iran after pleading guilty to embezzling $6 million by paying phony advertising invoices and unearned bonuses.

November 1, 2019

When Dealers Catch Criminals

When Dealers Catch Criminals

Noncompliant and outright illegal behavior by dealers, managers, and staff have generated headlines throughout the year. Less heralded are the instances in which dealership personnel took action that led to arrests.

October 10, 2019

Ky. Dealer Charged With Leading $4M Repurchase Fraud

Ky. Dealer Charged With Leading $4M Repurchase Fraud

A federal grand jury has charged a Kentucky dealer and two alleged accomplices with defrauding a manufacturer — thought to be Toyota — of more than $4 million by running 350 used pickups through a consumer buyback program.

October 4, 2019

Yesterday’s Standards Are Today’s Felonies

Yesterday’s Standards Are Today’s Felonies

The shady practices dealers and F&I professionals once bragged about are now landing many in jail. Compliance expert lists three forms of fraud you can eradicate immediately.

October 3, 2019

Hyundai Claims Dealer Fraud Forced $5M in Repurchases

Hyundai Claims Dealer Fraud Forced $5M in Repurchases

Hyundai North America has sued a Pennsylvania dealer for fraud, claiming he bilked the automaker for $5 million by buying up hundreds of used Sonatas and purposely damaging their engines beyond repair.

September 30, 2019

FCA to Pay $40M Fine for ‘Cookie Jar’ Sales Reports

FCA to Pay $40M Fine for ‘Cookie Jar’ Sales Reports

FCA US and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay $40 million to settle charges leveled by the SEC, which accused the automaker of misleading investors by falsifying monthly sales reports to maintain the appearance of monthly gains.

September 30, 2019

Calif. AG Sues Blanco for Bank Fraud, False Advertising
Former Porsche Salesman Pleads Guilty to $3M Fraud

Former Porsche Salesman Pleads Guilty to $3M Fraud

Shiraaz Sookralli faces 20 years in prison after admitting to charges of fraud and embezzlement relating to a multimillion-dollar scheme to sell nonexistent Porsches from a South Florida dealership.

September 17, 2019

F&I Meets a New-Age Dr. Frankenstein

F&I Meets a New-Age Dr. Frankenstein

Synthetic identity theft is wreaking havoc among American retailers. Compliance guru offers a buyback prevention checklist for dealers and F&I professionals.

September 10, 2019

A Life of Crime at the Heights of Success

A Life of Crime at the Heights of Success

The long list of offenses committed by dealers and other highly successful people proves desperation is not the only cause of criminal behavior.

September 2, 2019

Feds: Fake FinCo Scored 80 Auto Loans Worth $1.7M

Feds: Fake FinCo Scored 80 Auto Loans Worth $1.7M

Six operators of a nonexistent auto finance company have been sentenced to federal prison or probation for fraudulently obtaining $1.7 million worth of loans from banks and credit unions.

August 22, 2019

S.C. Dealer Sues Former GM, F&I Manager

S.C. Dealer Sues Former GM, F&I Manager

Hoover Mitsubishi’s Mark Hoover has sued two former employees accused of doctoring auto loan applications, a scheme that led to an FBI raid and the shuttering of the dealership.

August 21, 2019