State Charges Dealer with Odometer Fraud

By Staff Writer May 09, 2018

A recent investigation by the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Investigation and Identity Protection has uncovered odometer tampering at a Sioux City used-car store.
The bureau is encouraging notification from anyone who purchased a vehicle from Francisco Hurtado or Siouxland Auto Sales at 500 S. Lewis Blvd. from 2016 to 2018.

The December investigation was initiated after the Iowa DOT received a tip regarding vehicles that displayed odometers that had been tampered with, rolled back from high miles to lesser miles, to increase the vehicles’ value.

On Jan. 17, a search warrant was served after undercover operations revealed three known victims and after identifying vehicles with tampered odometers on the dealer’s lot. This resulted in the seizure of 14 vehicles displaying odometers which had been tampered with.

Hurtado was charged with six counts of fraudulent practice in the second degree.

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