Police in California arrested a man and a woman in connection with robberies at a Nissan dealership.

The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team (SET) recently investigated several burglaries and a theft from Torre Nissan in La Quinta. 

On Feb. 15, officers arrested John Schiavone as a suspect in the case. A search of his residence turned up several items stolen from the dealership.
A second suspect, Brooke Williams, was arrested at the residence.

Schiavone and Williams were booked for burglary, theft, fraud and stolen vehicles.

A New Hampshire used-car dealer was found guilty of a felony charge of theft by unauthorized taking for keeping money from consignment sales.

A jury found Stephan Condodemetraky, owner of  Dusty Old Cars, deprived a consignor of nearly $6,000 in proceeds from the sale of a car.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 29. The conviction carries a maximum sentence of seven and a half to 15 years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

A Michigan man was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for a vehicle title fraud scheme that bilked finance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

According to court records, Solomon Israel ran a business that fraudulently retitled vehicles worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Israel obtained fraudulent Michigan titles that purported to give him “free and clear” ownership to the vehicles, but they actually had liens on them from various finance companies.

Israel then traveled to other states and used those false titles to acquire new out-of-state titles.  After obtaining the out-of-state titles, Israel returned to Michigan and resold many of the vehicles, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses to the financing companies.

In carrying out his scheme, Israel falsely assumed the identity of a prison inmate in Ohio.

Israel also used that incarcerated man’s identity to engage in illicit banking transactions.

Andy Gabler has resigned as president of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association.

According to press reports, the FBI raided Gabler’s dealership, Lakeside Auto Group in Pennsylavania, and his home, in connection to an ongoing investigation involving bank loans.

In accordance with NIADA Bylaws, Henry Mullinax of Mullinax Auto Sales in Oxford, Ala., has been named president of NIADA and will immediately begin serving the unexpired term vacated by Gabler.

Mullinax was elected NIADA president-elect by the association's board of directors during its annual meeting in June.