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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

High Risk, Low Reward: Employee Accused of Stealing ID for ’07 Corvette

The Arizona Department of Transportation has charged Randall Cepi with fraud, forgery, and theft, accusing the former employee of a Flagstaff Nissan dealership with stealing a customer’s nonpublic personal information to secure a loan for a used Chevrolet Corvette.

Fla. Chevrolet Dealership Agrees to Million-Dollar Settlement

The former owners of Jacksonville, Fla.’s Riverside Chevrolet will pay more than $1 million in restitution and fines to settle charges of failing to pay trade-in liens, state sales tax, and employee withholding taxes.

Father/Son Dealers Face Federal Fraud Charges

Mehdi and Saaed Moslem have been charged with tax and bank fraud after IRS and FBI investigators say they uncovered a scheme to hide — then inflate — income from their Upstate New York auto dealership.

Will Data Put an End to Powerbooking?

A new-to-market, data-driven solution has reignited the discussion over intentional vehicle overvaluation, a form of bank fraud that remains prevalent despite a string of dealer lawsuits and regulatory actions.

4 F&I Scenarios That Can Lead to Bank Fraud

Expert lists four all-too-common situations in which failing to understand underwriting guidelines or falsifying required stips — by dealership or finance source personnel — can constitute not just noncompliance but outright fraud.