The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged the owners/operators of Chicago Harley Davidson, in Glenview, Ill., with violating federal law by fostering a sexually hostile work environment for a female business manager and then firing her for complaining about it. The respondent companies are DP Fox Ventures, LLC, Fox Glenview, LLC, and Fox Illinois Staffing, LLC.

According to the EEOC's lawsuit, the business manager was subjected to constant harassment from other managers and co-workers, including repeated comments about her body; requests to wear more revealing clothing; sexual comments; unwelcome sexual propositions; and receiving sexual images and videos. When the business manager complained to the company, the company fired her.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII, which prohibits employers from creating a sexually hostile work environment and prohibits retaliation against employees who complain about harassment.

“The EEOC takes claims of sexual harassment very seriously and the agency is dedicated to ensuring that women in the workplace are protected from unwelcome sexual comments and propositions at work,” said Julianne Bowman, the EEOC’s Chicago district director.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. announced the indictments and arraignments of James Castellano and Israel Viloria on charges stemming from a fraudulent auto crimes scheme involving a New Rochelle car dealership.

Castellano, of Valley Stream,  was employed as the office manager and Israel Viloria, of New Rochelle, was employed as the used car manager for New Rochelle Hyundai LLC. The indictment alleges, from approximately Sept. 28, 2016, through July 14, 2017, the two men were engaged in a scheme to defraud JPMorgan Chase out of over $700,000 and New Rochelle Hyundai LLC out of over $500,000.

As part of their scheme, they illegally sold vehicles owned by New Rochelle Hyundai through Global Auto Sales LLC, a car dealership owned in part by Viloria, and kept the proceeds of these sales.

They perpetrated this scheme by listing, in New Rochelle Hyundai’s records, details of cars that were not owned by the Hyundai dealer. By doing so, the dealership’s bank, JPMorgan Chase, made business funds available for the purchase of these vehicles. That cash flow into New Rochelle Hyundai accounts helped to cover up the actual theft of vehicles which Viloria and Castellano were selling on the side.

 

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GIACT Systems which helps companies positively identify and authenticate customers, announced a new report, “The Identity Verification Manual”, developed to help automotive dealerships and captive auto finance identify ways to reduce auto theft and fraud with active identity verification.

“With auto sales moving from in-person to online, fraudsters have begun to capitalize on the use of false and stolen identities,” said David Barnhardt, GICAT’s chief experience officer. “The result has been a spike in automotive fraud.”

“Dealerships and captive auto finance need to get ahead of fraud by implementing an enhanced identity verification process that acts in real-time to protect inventory and maintain a smooth sales process.”

Ohio AG Sues Dealer

February 24, 2020

The Ohio attorney general announced a consumer protection lawsuit against a former used car dealership and its owners who failed to deliver vehicle titles to customers in southwest Ohio.  

“The car title is 90 percent of ownership,” said Dave Yost, attorney general. “These guys were ripping customers off for 90 percent of the value of the deal, and they’re not going to be able to do it anymore.”
 
The lawsuit accuses Jeremy Skeens and Kristopher Wolff of violating Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title Act. Their used car dealership, Economy Motors, was located at 3030 Glenhills Way, Cincinnati. The business also went by the name Gas Hogs.
 
Ohio’s Consumer Protection Section provided a total of $18,820 to eight customers who said they never received titles for vehicles purchased at the dealership. The payments were made from the Title Defect Recision Fund, a program that helps used car buyers resolve title problems.  
 
The lawsuit filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court seeks reimbursement from Skeens and Wolff, as well as civil penalties and an order preventing them from holding dealer or salesperson licenses in Ohio. 

AG Sues Warranty Firm

February 21, 2020

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has filed a civil lawsuit against extended automobile warranty company Delta Auto Protect to get money back for consumers and repair shops which fell victim to its car repair scam. Delta is operated by Omega Vehicle Services LLC and its managing member Charles Seruya and is based in Exton.

The lawsuit alleges the company advertises and sells vehicle service and repair contracts to thousands of consumers in multiple states from a virtual office in Exton, but refuses to honor the contracts it sells and, after accepting payment from consumers, refuses to cover the necessary repairs promised under contract.

Consumers have let the attorney general’s office know how unresponsive Delta has been to them, and is taking action.

PA's attorney general Josh Shapiro said he wants restitution for Delta customers who: paid for warranties and didn’t get the coverage they were promised; paid out-of-pocket costs to repair their vehicles, and tried to cancel their policies but didn’t receive refunds. Shapiro said he is also seeking restitution for repair shops that didn’t get paid.

The lawsuit states, in some instances, Delta placed a condition on payment that required a consumer to remove their negative reviews of the company. Multiple consumer complaints allege the company failed to pay refunds for contract cancellations.

 

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