GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Montcalm County man is suing a Fennville couple for allegedly selling him a pickup truck that had nearly 150,000 more miles on it than its odometer showed.
Anthony Woldring Roberts and his wife, Ashley Roberts, are accused of violating the Federal Odometer Act, fraud and reselling vehicles without a dealer license through their business, A&A Quality Services.
In the federal lawsuit filed in Grand Rapids Tuesday, lawyers for Jarred Stratton say the couple bought a pickup truck from Chicago businessman Ramiro Padilla, who is accused of purchasing high mileage vehicles and often rolling back the odometers or swapping them out for ones displaying a lower mileage.
The lawsuit accuses Padilla of buying the pickup truck from a Colorado auction, then getting a new title in Illinois, a state that does not disclose mileage in its titles.
The lawsuit claims Padilla posted an internet ad to sell the pickup truck. Stratton’s lawyers say in the ad, Padilla stated the vehicle had around 299,000 miles but he had swapped out the odometer for one that showed 151,000 miles. The ad stated he could correct the odometer or leave it as is, according to the lawsuit.
Stratton’s lawyers said Roberts purchased the pickup truck from Padilla but did not ask him to adjust it to the accurate mileage. He then got a Michigan vehicle title that did not disclose the vehicle’s mileage because it wasn’t listed on the “washed” Illinois title.
The lawsuit claims Roberts advertised the pickup truck with 154,000 miles and never told Stratton otherwise when he purchased the vehicle for $19,500.
Stratton said shortly after he bought the vehicle in November 2017, it started having mechanical issues that have continued to this day. He said he didn’t find out that the mileage was much higher until taking the vehicle to Discount Tire, where the vehicle’s service records showed a much higher mileage.
Stratton said he confronted Roberts about the issue and asked for him to return his money, but he refused.
Additionally, the lawsuit states at least two dozen vehicles Padilla or his associates have dealt with have been flagged by CARFAX for odometer fraud.
Stratton is asking for damages, costs and attorney fees.