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Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:43

Enterprise Honors Top Auctions

Enterprise Holdings will honor 14 automotive auction partners from across the country with its 2017 Auction Achievement Awards.
This annual program recognizes auto auction partners for exceptional services that support Enterprise Holdings' efforts to remarket late-model, low-mileage, well-maintained rental and fleet vehicles to potential buyers.
Regional Enterprise Holdings teams present the awards to the auction partners in their area, in two categories: whole-car auctions and damaged-vehicle auctions. Recipients are recognized for exceptional performance in the areas of communication, customer service, marketing and reconditioning, operational success, and strategic planning.

The 2017 Auction Achievement Award winners in the whole-car category are:

ADESA Los Angeles (Orange, Calif.)
Manheim Central California (Roseville, Calif.)
Manheim Cincinnati
Manheim Dallas (Irving, Texas)
Manheim Fredericksburg (Rockville, Md.)
Manheim Omaha (Davenport, Iowa)
Manheim San Diego (Orange, Calif.)

The 2017 Auction Achievement Award winners in the damaged-vehicle category are:
Dealers Auto Auction of the Rockies (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
IAA Atlanta (College Park, Ga.)
Manheim Dallas TRA (Irving, Texas)
Manheim NJ TRA (Wayne, Pa.)
Manheim Southern California TRA (Orange, Calif.)
Manheim Tampa TRA
Metro Salvage Pool (Davenport, Iowa)

Published in Auctions
Friday, 10 November 2017 02:49

State Hits Auto Dealer with Restraint Order

A Kansas auto dealer has been sued by the state for violating state consumer protection laws and is temporarily banned from doing business.
Justin Bogina and his business, Auto Acceptance Center Corp., of Topeka, have been temporarily ordered to refrain from conducting business related to the sale of property or services within the state of Kansas.
The state’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against Bogina and his company alleging multiple and recurring violations of Kansas consumer protection law over the past several years and continuing to the present.
Among the allegations is that in 2014 Bogina advertised he would donate $100 per vehicle sold during a specific time period to the memorial fund established for Topeka Police Corporal Jason E. Harwood, who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 7, 2014. However, the defendants did not track the sales for the purpose of making the donation, and no donation was made until April 2016, after the attorney general’s office launched its investigation.
The lawsuit also alleges the defendants represented the sale of vehicles to be “as-is,” took possession of a trade-in vehicle without paying the proper balance due and sold vehicles to customers without providing certificates of title, all in violation of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.

Published in Crime

A Pennsylvania Buick dealer pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a case where he and two accomplices lied on their auto finance applications.
From May 2015 to March 2016, Adam James Weaver, along with Douglas Alan Groom and Adam Brayton Coover, engaged in a scheme to defraud auto finance providers by using two straw purchasers to buy vehicles in their own names from Rick Weaver Buick GMC in Erie, Pa.
Weaver is the son of founder Rick Weaver and was the dealership’s president.  Adam Weaver is leaving the store and turning over the controlling interest to his father.
The three lied on 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.

Published in Compliance News
Sunday, 22 October 2017 18:28

Software Firm Reports Growth

CDK Global announced that its CDK Partner Program has grown to more than 350 partners and 450 unique applications. As the largest marketplace for automotive dealer software and solutions, the CDK Partner Program is enabling end-to-end automotive commerce to dealers by increasing the levels of data and workflow integration between CDK products and partner applications.
“The continued expansion of the CDK Partner Program plays a critical role in our ability to enable end-to-end automotive commerce for our customers,” said Howard Gardner, vice president and general manager, CDK Data Services. “We want to provide dealers with more choices and ultimately help them deliver a better customer experience through increased integration with CDK systems and partner applications. We look forward to further broadening the range of solutions available to support dealer operations and the marketing of dealership inventory and services.”

Published in Tech News

A San Antonio car dealer was indicted by the Texas Comptroller for allegedly failing to remit between $20,000 and $100,000 in motor vehicle taxes and between $2,500 and $30,000 in title and registration fees collected on 105 vehicles between October 2015 and July 2016.
Carlos Brun, the owner of National Auto Credit, is charged in two separate indictments with failure to remit motor vehicle tax collected, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, and misapplication of fiduciary property, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years.
The case is pending prosecution

Published in Crime
Friday, 15 September 2017 12:40

Man Admits to Auto Finance Fraud

A Kansas man was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison for using stolen identities to obtain car financing.
The sentence is in addition to 20 months he has already served.
Reu Charles Chamberlain, of Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud.
In his plea, he admitted he used a stolen identity at Eddy’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Wichita to qualify for a $48,902 loan to buy a 2016 Dodge Challenger. At Midway Motors in Wichita, he used a stolen identity to qualify for a $44,746 loan to buy a 2015 Dodge Challenger.

Published in Crime
Monday, 11 September 2017 01:30

Equifax Announces Breach

Equifax Inc. announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.
Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company's investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July. 
Equifax has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax's core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.
The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers.  In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed. 

Equifax discovered the unauthorized access on July 29 and acted to stop the intrusion.
The company engaged an independent cybersecurity firm that has been conducting a forensic review to determine the scope of the intrusion, including the specific data impacted. Equifax also reported the criminal access to law enforcement and continues to work with authorities. 
While the company's investigation is substantially complete, it remains ongoing and is expected to be finished in the coming weeks.

Published in Crime
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:20

VW Warns Auctions of Stolen Cars

Volkswagen has reason to believe that several vehicles have been stolen with the intent of being resold at auction.
Volkswagen has alerted the authorities, who are investigating.
If an auction currently possesses or comes into possession of any of the vehicles,
Volkswagen strongly urges that they put a permanent hold on these vehicles to prevent their sale and contact the company immediately.
Auctions should contact Christine Mennel of VW Credit Inc. either by phone at (248) 754-9982 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The VINs for the vehicles in question are available from the National Auto Auction Association.

Published in Crime
Friday, 01 September 2017 01:39

Elected Official Faces Curbstoning Charges

The Nebraska attorney general’s office filed criminal charges against Andrew F. Stebbing, the Lancaster County treasurer.
Stebbing has been charged with two counts of making a false statement in a motor vehicle bill of sale, one count of acting as a motor vehicle dealer without a license, and two counts of filing a false income tax return. All five counts are Class IV felonies, which are punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both.
In addition to any possible criminal penalties, if found guilty of any income tax violation, Stebbing may be subject to repayment of unpaid taxes plus any interest and penalties.

Published in Crime
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 01:03

State Says Couple Withheld Car Sales Tax

A New Jersey used-car dealer and his wife face charges of tax evasion.
The Bergen County prosecutor’s office claims Samyon Gilstein and his wife, Alexandra Gilstein, conspired to collect state sales tax on retail automobile sales, falsely reported the value of the tax collected, and stole the funds accumulated as a result of the false reporting.
Alexandra Gilstein worked as a clerk at her husband’s South Hackensack dealership, Sunrise Motors Inc.
Starting in December 2016, the prosecutor’s office and local police received complaints about Sunrise Motors from customers, representatives of the New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission and the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, said.
Between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2016, the Gilsteins collected in excess of $1.6 million in sales tax but falsely reported on quarterly tax returns that the business had only collected approximately $360,000.
Samyon Gilstein was charged with one count of misapplication of entrusted funds, one count of failure to turn over collected, withheld tax and misconduct by a corporate official, all with a benefit greater than $75,000.
Alexandra Gilstein was charged with one count of misapplication of entrusted funds, with a benefit greater than $75,000 and one count of filing a fraudulent tax return.

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