Dealer Faces Charges of Selling Cars without Titles

By Staff Writer April 17, 2018

The owner of a Michigan used-car dealership and her husband have each been arraigned for multiple criminal charges as a result of a secretary of state investigation that was prompted by consumer complaints.

Kimberly Ann Leonard, the owner of Bullet Proof Sales Inc., and her husband, Richard Boyd Leonard Jr., were arraigned on felony charges of conducting a criminal enterprise and larceny by conversion of more than $1,000 but less than $20,000. They were also charged with six misdemeanor counts of failure to endorse and deliver a certificate of title.

 The dealership was suspended Aug. 18, after secretary of state regulatory staff attempted records inspections at the dealership on three occasions in June and July, and found the facility empty. The inspections were in response to complaints by several consumers who had purchased vehicles at Bullet Proof Sales and had not received titles.

Investigations by secretary of state agents and law enforcement officers revealed the Leonards had allegedly purchased vehicles at an auction and taken delivery of them, but failed to pay for them. The auction held the titles awaiting payment and the Leonards proceeded to sell the vehicles to consumers without titles in violation of Michigan law.

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