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Ghosn Skips Bail, Escapes to Lebanon

Ghosn Skips Bail, Escapes to Lebanon

Convinced he was framed for financial crimes in Japan, former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn somehow slipped past surveillance and fled to his home in Lebanon.

December 31, 2019

Top 10 Fraud Stories of 2019

Top 10 Fraud Stories of 2019

A number of U.S. auto dealers and dealership sales and F&I personnel were the victims or alleged perpetrators in several major fraud cases this year.

December 30, 2019

WSJ: SEC Probing BMW Sales Reports

WSJ: SEC Probing BMW Sales Reports

The Wall Street Journal reports the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating accusations that BMW conspired with American dealers to inflate monthly sales reports.

December 26, 2019

Dealer Alleges Corruption, Saudi Ties in Nissan Lawsuit
Police: Fla. Dealer Couple Faked 35 Sales Contracts
Expert: Don’t Ask Veterans These 3 Questions

Expert: Don’t Ask Veterans These 3 Questions

Attorney and former Army officer John Berry advises auto dealers and other business owners to steer clear of three common but highly insensitive questions many ask of military veterans during the hiring process and at the workplace.

November 6, 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

Calif. Dealers Get Warranty Rate Hike, 10-Year Upgrade Intervals, CCPA Exemption
Sources: Tesla Wants Back in Dealership Game, Seeks Loophole

Sources: Tesla Wants Back in Dealership Game, Seeks Loophole

Electrek reports Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to open ‘Tesla Centers’ around the U.S., once again challenging rules against direct-to-consumer sales. Sources say the firm’s Electric division could provide a workaround.

October 14, 2019

Jury Orders Reagor to Pay Ford Credit $53M

Jury Orders Reagor to Pay Ford Credit $53M

A jury deliberated for less than an hour before deciding Reagor Dykes’ Bart Reagor owes Ford Motor Credit Co. the full amount it demanded following an investigation into the Texas group’s floorplanning practices.

October 4, 2019

DOJ Mystery-Shopped Md. Dealership Before Suing for Racial Bias
EEOC Says BMW Dealer Discriminated Against Older Workers

EEOC Says BMW Dealer Discriminated Against Older Workers

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says BMW Cleveland violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act when it terminated two older salesmen and failed to rehire a former service manager.

October 2, 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

Mystery Surrounds Seattle Dealership Closures

Mystery Surrounds Seattle Dealership Closures

Five motorcycle dealerships owned by Microsoft executive Howard Crow were suddenly shuttered last week. Managers and staff have returned, without pay, to open the doors and deliver or return bikes to bewildered customers.

September 26, 2019

Calif. AG Sues Blanco for Bank Fraud, False Advertising