Former Mortgage Broker Sentenced to More Than Eight Years in Federal Prison for Fraudulent Auto Loan Scheme With Losses of More Than $1 Million

Defrauded More Than 20 Individuals and Five Financial Institutions During the Two-Year Scheme

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander today sentenced John O’Day, age 48, of Chester and Stevensville, Maryland, and Sarasota, Florida, to 104 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for federal charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, in connection with a scheme to defraud at least 20 individuals and five financial institutions of more than $1 million by submitting fraudulent auto loan applications.  Judge Hollander also ordered O’Day to pay restitution of $1,072,091, with interest.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Rodney A. Davis of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; Chief Marcus Jones of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

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Auto dealer indicted and arrested on 14 charges

Jassen Doherty (right) was led out of the business and to a waiting Jasper Police SUV by Sergeant Cody Christopher. - Photo by Steve W Stewart

A Jasper auto dealer has been indicted and arrested on numerous felony charges. Officers on the local and state level served the warrant late Thursday morning at Big Country Auto Sales in the 200 block of West Gibson Street and arrested 49-year-old Jassen Doherty.

According to the indictment, which was handed down by the Jasper County Grand Jury on Thursday morning, Doherty was charged with fourteen counts of False Name/Info Forgery on Vehicle Registration, with the dates of the alleged offenses spanning from July 16th, 2019 to August 7th, 2019.

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Department of Revenue CIB Agents Assist in Joint Task Force Operation

JEFFERSON CITY — Special Agents Doug Scotten and Mike Fryer, of the Missouri Department of Revenue’s Compliance and Investigation Bureau (CIB), recently assisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) in Operation Clean Sweep. The operation’s purpose was to identify salvage operations in the Kansas City metropolitan area, ensure compliance with Missouri salvage laws and locate stolen vehicles.

Operation Clean Sweep took place over the course of two days in mid-May. During that time, the task force identified an unlicensed salvage operation and a large, illegal “chop shop” operation. The task force also checked the accuracy of 898 vehicle identification numbers, visited approximately 23 salvage and body shop businesses being checked for compliance, and recovered 12 stolen vehicles, two stolen trailers and one stolen piece of equipment.

“The general purpose of investigations like Operation Clean Sweep is to ensure businesses are in compliance with Missouri’s salvage licensure laws, as well as sales tax and titling laws related to motor vehicles,” said CIB Investigation Manager Nick Humphrey. “As part of Operation Clean Sweep, DOR investigators provided their expertise in checking the validity of vehicle identification numbers, business record requirements, odometer tampering and vehicle title tampering.”

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Tip leads investigators to stolen vehicles in suspected chop shop in Independence

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A number of stolen vehicles were found inside a suspected 'chop shop' in Independence.

When officers inspected a storage lot, they found dismantled vehicles with VIN numbers missing.

Among them was the truck that belonged to Brian Sollars, who posted a picture of his stolen 2012 GMC online on the Stolen KC Facebook page.

Sollars said a stranger reached out to him shortly after, providing details about the truck.

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Department of Revenue CIB agent assists with breakup of suspected ‘chop shop’ in Independence

JEFFERSON CITY — Special Agent Doug Scotten, of the Missouri Department of Revenue’s Compliance and Investigation Bureau (CIB), recently worked an investigation with the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) that ultimately led to the breakup of a suspected “chop shop” operation in Independence, Missouri.

“I want to commend Agent Scotten and the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their great work in this case,” said Department Director Joel Walters. “Thanks to their investigation, there’s now one less illegal enterprise in the state of Missouri and several reports of stolen vehicles have been resolved.”

After Brian Sollars posted a picture on Facebook of his 2012 GMC pickup that had been stolen from his residence, he was contacted on Facebook by a stranger who claimed he knew the truck’s location and was able to provide an accurate description. The anonymous source gave Sollars the address, which was for a shop and storage lot on N Atherton Road in Independence. Sollars then reached out to the Bates County Sheriff’s Office, who forwarded the information to Agent Scotten with the CIB. Agent Scotten then contacted the MSHP for assistance in investigating the incident.

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Kennett man pleads guilty to fraud charge

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — The United States Attorney’s Office announced that Nicholas H. Brock, 36, of Kennett, Missouri, pled guilty to one felony count of mail fraud. He appeared before United States District Judge John A. Ross.

Brock admitted that beginning on or about Feb. 10, 2017, and continuing through about June 13, 2017, in Dunklin County, Missouri, he defrauded a lien holder for an over-the-road tractor trailer truck financed by North Mill Equipment Finance, LLC, for a 2008 Peterbilt over-the-road truck in which the lender retained a security interest. Brock prepared and sent, via the mail, a Form 4577, Missouri Department of Revenue, Vehicle Owner and Lien holder notification to the lender, falsely claiming that a 2008 Peterbilt over-the-road tractor trailer truck had been towed by his towing company, Elite Tow & Recovery, from Pendleton, Oregon, on February 10, 2017, for a “breakdown.” The towing charge was $16,096 plus storage costs of $100 a day. Brock mailed the fraudulent Form 4577 for the purpose of obtaining a clean title for that vehicle from the Missouri Department of Revenue as an abandoned vehicle, based on the lienholder’s failure to pay the tow bill after receiving notice of the bill.

Brock also prepared a Form 4576, Missouri Department of Revenue Abandoned Property Affidavit, in which Brock falsely represented to the Missouri Department of Revenue that the 2008 Peterbilt truck had been abandoned. Brock mailed that form to the Missouri Department of Revenue to obtain a Certificate of Title for the over-the-road truck, based on a bogus and false tow bill.

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