Top FCA Salesman's Discount Scam Cost The Company $8.7 Million

By Jeffery Bellant May 08, 2021
Car Salesman Apollon Nimo was giving out FCA's employee discount to just about anyone that walked in the door Car Salesman Apollon Nimo was giving out FCA's employee discount to just about anyone that walked in the door

A Michigan car salesman was charged in a wire fraud scheme involving trafficking in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Employee Purchase Control Numbers (EPCNs), announced Acting U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin.

The control numbers are the employee and family discounts offered by FCA.

Apollon Nimo, 34, a salesman at Parkway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Clinton Township, Mich., was released on bond after an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony Patti on April 30. A preliminary exam was set for May 21.

The criminal complaint alleges that Nimo improperly trafficked in, used, and sold FCA EPCNs to provide discounts to non-qualified car buyers from 2014 through the present. The EPCNs were bought and sold through private Facebook groups. 

According to the complaint, it is alleged that some, if not most, of the sales conducted by Nimo included fraudulent use of EPCNs resulting in a loss to FCA of approximately $8.7 million.  The complaint further alleges that Nimo profited both by selling the illegally obtained EPCNs to buyers and through bonuses FCA provided to him based on the volume of his sales. Nimo had the highest number of EPCN sales nationwide for the time period of May 2018 to August 2018 and January 2019 to March 2019.

According to the complaint, approximately 87 % of Nimo’s sales were EPCN-related between 2014 and 2019.

“Automobile sales play a major role in our state’s economy,” said Attorney Mohsin. “Corruption of the sort alleged in today’s complaint imposes costs on automotive manufacturers that are ultimately passed to consumers. The charges announced today are serious and reflect my office’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of this market.” 

According to FCA, the use of the employee number lowers the cost of the vehicle by 5%.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the special agents of Homeland Security Investigations and the Clinton Township Police Department along with assistance from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles corporate investigators. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chasteen is prosecuting the case.

 

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