Two Mississippi Men Sentenced for Roles in Automotive Fraud Scheme

Two Long Beach, Mississippi men were sentenced today for their roles in a long-running odometer tampering scheme, the Department of Justice announced.

U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Oscar M. Baine, 42, to 36 months’ incarceration and ordered him to pay $619,200 in restitution. Jeffrey Lyn Savarese II, 36, was sentenced to 15 months’ incarceration and ordered to pay $320,000 in restitution. Both men pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to alter odometers. Baine also pleaded guilty to odometer tampering.

As part of his guilty plea, Baine admitted that he purchased high-mileage vehicles from wholesale automobile auctions, dealerships, and individuals, and arranged to alter the vehicles’ odometers to reflect false, lower-mileage readings. Baine admitted that he paid Savarese and others to change or alter odometers at his used car lot in Gulfport. Baine then sold the rolled-back vehicles to unsuspecting consumers for inflated prices. He also admitted that he and a co-conspirator caused at least 387 vehicles to be rolled back between 2011 and 2014, which resulted in consumer losses of more than $600,000. Savarese admitted that he began altering odometers for Mississippi and Louisiana used-car dealers in 2011 and reset the odometers on at least 200 used vehicles for Baine.

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Two Mississippi Men Plead Guilty in Odometer Fraud Scheme

Two Long Beach, Mississippi, men pleaded guilty today for their roles in a long-running odometer tampering scheme, the Department of Justice announced.

Oscar M. Baine, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to alter odometers and one count of odometer tampering. Jeffrey Lyn Savarese II, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to alter odometers. Both defendants appeared in federal court in Gulfport before U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. The court set sentencing hearings for both defendants for Oct. 17.

As part of his plea agreement, Baine admitted that he purchased high-mileage vehicles from wholesale automobile auctions, dealerships, and individuals, and arranged to alter the vehicles’ odometers to reflect false, lower-mileage readings. Baine admitted that he paid Savarese and others to change or alter odometers at his used car lot in Gulfport. Baine then sold the rolled-back vehicles to unsuspecting consumers for inflated prices. Savarese admitted that he began altering odometers for Mississippi and Louisiana used-car dealers in 2011 and reset the odometers on at least 200 used vehicles for Baine.

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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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Quad Cities auto dealership owners indicted on federal charges of defrauding customers

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - A Quad City car dealership is under investigation after a criminal indictment accused its owners and others of defrauding customers.

The indictment was filed in early November against the owners of Moline’s Fourth Aveune Auto Sales, Bradley Shane McCorkle and Isaac Bell, along with four other men. They’re facing 18 counts of federal felony charges for crimes dating back several years. The eight page indictment accuses the owners and other men of being part of a scheme to mislead customers into buying cars in which the mileage was rolled back.

Bradley McCorkle and Isaac Bell are accused of using straw buyers to purchase cars. A TV6 attorney defines a straw buyer as someone who buys something on another’s behalf to enable fraud. These straw buyers never intended to own the vehicles. The straw men were used to conceal the identity of the true owner/seller – Fourth Avenue Auto Sales. Court Documents say Bradley McCorkle and Isaac Bell would own the cars under the Fourth Aveune Auto Sale name.

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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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NHTSA Announces Final Rule on Electronic Odometer Disclosures

Rule will speed up processing of vehicle sales, help prevent odometer fraud

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced the publication of a Final Rule establishing standards under which States may allow for odometer disclosures in an electronic format.

Odometer fraud is a Federal crime and NHTSA has required sellers to disclose vehicle odometer readings at the time of sale for decades. However, most vehicle transfers have been subject to a requirement that odometer disclosures be made in a paper format with handwritten names and wet ink signatures.

This Final Rule removes the paper requirement by allowing for electronic disclosure systems that have robust security and authentication. This action also removes the last remaining Federal impediment to paperless motor vehicle transfers.

By removing the paper documentation requirement, today’s Final Rule opens the door for State Departments of Motor Vehicles to move toward paperless transactions. Paperless transactions will save time and reduce costs for consumers and industry, create economic efficiencies, and improve security.

“This Final Rule was written after carefully considering comments received from the public, including state motor vehicle departments,” NHTSA Acting Administrator James Owens said. “As more records are kept digitally, this rule will allow electronic filing of odometer information. Electronic records are more efficient than paper documentation and are harder to forge, helping to prevent fraud.”

Current law does not require odometer disclosure with the transfer of vehicles at least 10 model years old. Due to the current average vehicle age of almost 12 years, an increasingly large proportion of the fleet is subject to a heightened risk of odometer fraud. To accommodate older vehicles, the Final Rule will require odometer disclosures until vehicles are 20 years old, beginning with the 2010 model year.

Man Pleads Guilty to Vehicle Odometer Rollback Scheme

A Studio City man pleaded guilty today for operating a computerized odometer rollback business for vehicles that were leased from dealerships in the San Fernando Valley and Glendale, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Serge Oganesian, 45, entered his plea to six felony counts: one count of conspiracy to commit grand theft and five counts of computer access and fraud.

Sentencing in case BA472209 is scheduled for April 21, 2020, in Department 50 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The defendant is expected to receive a 16-month jail sentence and will be ordered to pay a $15,000 fine.

Oganesian had been running his odometer rollback business since April 2015 in North Hollywood, Glendale and Studio City at various times, according to Deputy District Attorney Leonard Torrealba of the Consumer Protection Division.

The defendant hacked the computers of 12 vehicles and rolled back the vehicle odometer readings. The altered mileage amounted to $76,394 in false vehicle appreciation, the prosecutor said.

Vehicle valuation is highly dependent on vehicle mileage. Consumers rely on the vehicle odometer reading in making their used car purchases, the prosecutor added.

The case was investigated by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, with assistance from the District Attorney’s Office’s Bureau of Investigation.

Original Article: http://da.co.la.ca.us/media/news/man-pleads-guilty-vehicle-odometer-rollback-scheme

Huntsville Man Sentenced to 2 ½ Years in Prison for Tampering with Vehicle Odometers

Huntsville – A federal judge today, sentenced a Huntsville man for tampering with vehicle odometers and bank fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and U.S. Secret Service Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Holloway. 

A federal jury convicted Randy Eugene Greene, 62, in April of 11 counts of tampering with vehicle odometers and 3 counts of bank fraud.  U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon sentenced Greene to 30 months in prison, followed by three years supervised release and ordered him to pay more than $109,000 in restitution to the victims.  The judge also entered a forfeiture judgment in the amount of $28,000.

“Greene violated the trust and confidence placed in him by the consumers and financial institutions,” Town said.  “The theft and misuse of funds will not be tolerated by those who operate these type of schemes.  They will be charged with federal crimes and will to go federal prison.”

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Huntsville car salesman sentenced for odometer tampering, bank fraud

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - On Thursday, a federal judge sentenced a Huntsville man for tampering with vehicle odometers and bank fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and U.S. Secret Service Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Holloway.

Huntsville car salesman convicted of tampering with odometers, bank fraud ]

A federal jury convicted Randy Eugene Greene, 62, in April, of 11 counts of tampering with vehicle odometers and three counts of bank fraud.

U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon sentenced Greene to 30 months in prison followed by three years supervised release. Greene is also ordered to pay more than $109,000 in restitution to the victims.

The judge also entered a forfeiture judgment in the amount of $28,000.

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Clocking is still affecting 6.49% of UK vehicles today

A Rapid Car Check survey has found that 6.49% of vehicles have mileage issues.

In a pool of 1 million, 64,986 were found to have issues, despite members of the European Parliament voting in favour of new legislation to combat mileage clocking in cars in 2018.

The most common clocked vehicles were the Renault Grand Scenic and Renault Scenic, with a fail percentage of 32.66% and 32.14% respectively.

The most common year of vehicle registration was 1998 with a 16.47% fail rate. Vehicle registered in the 1990’s made up six of the top 10, with no vehicles registered after 2003 present.

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