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DOJ Mystery-Shopped Md. Dealership Before Suing for Racial Bias

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged a Maryland dealership with offering different credit terms to different customers based on race, an allegation backed by reports from African American and white testers.

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DOJ Settles Nissan Captive Case for $3M

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nissan Motor Acceptance will pay $3 million to settle charges that it unlawfully repossessed 113 vehicles belonging to active military members.

Feds: Texas Dealership Fronted Gambling Enterprise

Three members of the Tillery family of Beaumont, Texas, have admitted to operating a gambling and money laundering ring fronted by their buy here, pay here dealership and its holding company.

Ford Faces Federal Emissions Probe

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into Ford Motor Co.’s emissions testing and certification processes, the factory revealed in an SEC filing today.

Feds Sue Fiat-Chrysler Over Diesels

The Department of Justice filed the complaint on May 23, claiming FCA installed the software in 104,000 diesel Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles. The filing comes days after FCA submitted a proposed software modification to resolve the issue.

Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Odometer Fraud

A Georgia businessman this week pleaded guilty to operating an odometer fraud scheme that revolved around buying later-model cars at auction, tampering with the odometer reading, and then selling the cars at inflated prices, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Wells Fargo Dealer Services to Pay $4.1 million for SCRA Violations

Wells Fargo Dealer Services has agreed to pay more than $4.1 million to settle charges that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) when it repossessed 413 vehicles owned by protected servicemembers without obtaining a court order, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Friday.

HSBC to Pay $434,500 for SCRA Violations

The Justice Department announced that HSBC Finance Corp. has agreed to pay $434,500 to settle charges that its vehicle repossession practices violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).

Georgia Dealer, State Employee Arrested for Odometer Fraud

The dealer and state employee were charged with devising a scheme to buy high-mileage vehicles in nearby states, roll back their odometers, and then resell them in Georgia. They now face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Toyota Motor Credit Agrees to Lower Markup Caps to Settle CFPB Allegations

The three-year standoff between Toyota Motor Credit, the Justice Department and the CFPB is over, with the captive agreeing to pay up to $21.9 million in restitution to minority borrowers the regulators allege were overcharged on their auto loans. The captive also agreed to lower its dealer markup caps.