Dealership Faces Charges of Finance Fraud Featured
11 August 2017
A dealership located in Erie, Pa., and three men have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud.The 13-count superseding indictment named Rick Weaver Buick-GMC Inc., along with Adam James Weaver, Douglas Alan Grooms, and Adam Brayton Coover.According to the superseding indictment, from May 2015 to March 2016, Coover, Grooms and Weaver engaged in a scheme to defraud auto creditors by utilizing two straw purchasers to buy vehicles in their own names from Rick Weaver Buick-GMC. The vehicles would then remain in Coover’s possession. The three facilitated the scheme by falsifying the finance applications to make the straw purchasers appear more credit worthy and by not revealing that the straw purchasers were buying multiple vehicles at the same time. The value of many of the vehicles was also inflated to increase the funds received by the co-conspirators.The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 340 years in prison, a fine of $8.5 million, or both, for each defendant. Under federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.