The owners of a car dealership in Harrisburg are facing multiple criminal charges for fraudulent sales practices. The couple, who are both in their 20s, were investigated by two state fraud departments regarding vehicles they were selling online – including on Facebook – using aliases.
Among the allegations against them are:
- Employing unlicensed sales personnel
- Not maintaining or providing customers with the appropriate documentation of their sales
- Operating the business before they obtained a license
- Selling vehicles that weren’t safe to drive
- Taking down payments from customers and then never selling them the vehicles
- Using another dealership’s bidder badge to bid on vehicles
- Using counterfeit inspection stickers
- Using incorrect model years and mileage and offering non-existent warranties in their ads
The couple also reportedly tried to sell a stolen Maserati on Facebook, claiming that the title had been lost.
State charges against the couple and their employees
The two are facing multiple charges, including:
- Altered, forged or counterfeit documents and plates
- Dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities
- Deceptive or fraudulent business practices
- Receiving stolen property
- Theft by deception
They and four of their employees have also been charged with various violations of the Board of Vehicles Act.
The state, as you can see, has numerous laws designed to prevent dishonest people from posing as car dealers and salespeople and from using inaccurate or deceptive information to sell them. Unfortunately, some people think they can get away with it – and too many do deceive unsuspecting customers.
If you’ve been the victim of fraud, you want those who broke the law to get justice. However, you also need compensation for the money you spent on a vehicle that wasn’t what it was advertised to be and for any harm you suffered because you unknowingly bought an unsafe vehicle. With experienced legal guidance, you improve your chances of getting the full compensation you deserve.