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Dealer Fraud: Dealer Congressman Trying to Game System

You can take the man out of the dealer, but you can’t take the dealer (delaer fraud) out of the man – or so it seems. The Washington Post recently reported about how a dealer turned Congressman has continued his unscrupulous practices.

The post reported that Congress’ independent ethics review board believes there is “substantial reason” to think a Texas congressman violated conflict-of-interest rules by pushing legal changes that could have benefitted his auto dealership.

He wanted to carve out an exception to a simple, common-sense and necessary safety provision: a rule prohibiting the renting or loan of vehicles subject to a safety recall. I kid you not.

“The House Ethics Committee released on Thursday a report from the Office of Congressional Ethics detailing findings from an investigation into Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas). The investigation was prompted after Williams proposed a measure last year to exempt auto dealers from a rule prohibiting companies from renting or loaning cars subject to safety recalls if rentals aren’t their primary source of business.

“Williams’ auto dealership, the panel found, appear to fit that description, leading to the conclusion that his ‘personal financial interest in his auto dealership may be perceived as having influenced his performance of official duties.'”

According to the Post, the House rules state that members cannot use their influence for personal gain, financial or otherwise.

You can see the entire report and find a link to the full report by pointing your browser here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/08/11/house-ethics-panel-finds-substantial-reason-to-suspect-auto-dealer-congressman-of-conflict-of-interest/

If you have been the victim of dealer fraud, then you should contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

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