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Five men charged for allegedly winding back odometers in used cars

FIVE men accused of winding back the odometers in high-end second-hand cars which they planned to offer for sale have been ordered to appear in court in June. Serious Crime Task Force officers arrested the men after raids on six Adelaide properties, where 23 cars — including four Mercedes, four BMWs, four Holdens, three Toyotas, a Range Rover and a Volvo — computer equipment, odometer manipulation equipment and cash were seized. Five firearms and ammunition were also claimed by police in a joint investigation with Consumer and Business Services officers, which began in February. A 22-year-old man, of Colonel Light Gardens, a Kingswood man, 63, a Prospect, man, 66, a Greenwith man, 66, and a Parafield Gardens man, 65, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud and participating in a criminal organisation. Police have laid 20 charges but said the inquiry was continuing. Further charges are expected. The men were granted police bail to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on June 27. Police say the investigation uncovered odometer tampering offences by licensed and unlicensed used car dealers.

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Effort in Colorado legislature would expand car salvage titles

In addition to washing away homes, roads and bridges, the September floods that blanketed some parts of the state also destroyed sedans, minivans and pickup trucks. And those refurbished vehicles could easily be sold to consumers unaware of the prior damage because of a loophole in Colorado law that legislators at the Capitol are working to amend. Under current law, a vehicle more than six model years old that is considered totaled by an insurance company can avoid being labeled a “salvage vehicle,” making it easier to resell once fixed. The “salvage” title means the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds its overall worth. Older vehicles, which are more likely to be deemed salvage, aren’t subject to that classification in Colorado. House Bill 1299, which the Senate Transportation Committee approved Tuesday night, would repeal the vehicle-age requirement so that the vehicle, no matter how old, would carry the salvage designation after insurers make a “total” payout. “It’s really a matter of helping to protect the consumers who are buying cars that are damaged. On the surface they look OK, the title is clean, but the car has gone through extensive repairs that will likely not keep it running,” said John…

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Arizona Attorney General sues car rental companies over fraud complaints

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against a five affiliated car rental companies after receiving more than 150 complaints about service and pricing. Horne filed the lawsuit against Saban’s Rent-A-Car LLC, DS Rentco Inc. and A-AAAble Rental Ltd. The Attorney General’s Office said those companies have been doing business as Phoenix Car Rental and Saban’s Rent a Car. The Attorney General’s Office said the companies are owned by or affiliated with Dennis N. Saban. Calls to Phoenix Car Rental and Saban’s were answered by the same person who said the former was not affiliated with Saban and then said the latter was under new management. He declined further comment. The Attorney General’s Office said it sent an undercover agent in to pose as a customer. The agent claims he was overcharged, denied a copy of the rental agreement and was falsely told he would be arrested if he drove outside the Phoenix area because of specially coded licenses plates. Prosecutors also allege the car’s odometer reading was false. “Many customers complained about this businesses failure to disclose additional fees to renters, and stated that Mr. Saban became abusive when they inquired about extra charges added…

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[CA] Insurance fraud mastermind sent to jail for 4 years

It’s believed Manitoba Public Insurance was defrauded of more than $800,000. A man considered the mastermind of the largest defrauding of Manitoba Public Insurance in history is going to jail. Quincy Adurogboye, 33, ofWinnipeg, pleaded guilty and was convicted of eight counts of fraud in what police called Project Rollback in 2009. Wednesday, a judge sentenced him to four years behind bars and ordered him to pay back $150,000 to MPI, only a portion of what he fraudulently received from the corporation. About 40 people were arrested and charged for their involvement in an elaborate scheme to defraud the insurance company by rolling back the odometer readings of recently purchased vehicles, staging collisions inWinnipegand then reporting the vehicles as stolen. It’s believed the scheme cost MPI more than $800,000. “This crime is extraordinary,” said Justice Chris Martin. Martin also sentenced Norm Beardy, 44, to an 18-month conditional sentence to be served in the community and 150 hours of community service. Beardy was ordered to pay back $8,000 to MPI, only 10 per cent of the amount he was involved in scamming. Original Article: http://globalnews.ca/news/892250/insurance-fraud-mastermind-sent-to-jail-for-4-years/

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[UK] Trainee solicitor guilty of car clocking fraud

A trainee solicitor has been found guilty of being part of a car clocking ring which generated thousands of pounds. Karmjit Sohal, aged 24, allowed thousands of pounds in cash to pass through her bank account to trade vehicles in the racket which also involved her brother Inderjit Singh Sohal and a cousin called Jatinder Sandher. The operation was based at Enzo Motors, inGreat Bridge Street, WestBromwich, and Netherton Motors, inHalesowen Road, Netherton. Vehicles were bought and sold days later with thousands of pounds added to the price and up to 144,000-miles removed from the odometer reading between December 2009 and February 2011, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard. Sohal had claimed she was ‘too busy studying law’ to be involved but jurors unanimously found her guilty after spending just under an hour and a half deliberating at the end of a four day trial yesterday afternoon. The jury of nine women and three men returned guilt verdicts on two charges of conspiracy to defraud. Judge Mark Eades asked the jury to deliver a verdict of not guilty on a third charge of converting criminal property after prosecutors offered no evidence. Inderjit Singh Sohal and Jatinder Sandher along with two others, Sundeep…

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[CA] Fraudsters using Internet to bait high-end car buyers

Online fraudsters are going upscale and targeting unsuspecting buyers of newer-model and luxury cars, the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council warned Friday. “This represents a change in strategy by curbsiders and fraudsters,” said Terry O’Keefe, spokesman for OMVIC.  “Curbsiders, unlicensed dealers who usually pose as private sellers, used to target buyers of inexpensive economy vehicles. Now,  we’re seeing a shift towards newer and high-end vehicles such as Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, and even newer-model pick-ups, which command higher prices and higher profit margins. Unfortunately, just as curbsiders commonly misrepresent themselves, they also misrepresent the vehicles they sell, which are often insurance write-offs, accident-damaged or odometer-tampered.” O’Keefe also said he knows of sixOntarioresidents who lost a total of about $250,000 to phoney websites claiming to selling luxury cars such as Ferraris and Corvettes. Car buyers have to be doubly vigilant: lurking in online classifieds are not only curbsiders, but out-right fraud artists operating fictitious dealerships supposedly based in the U.S, said O’Keefe.  These two trends are converging when it comes to car-buying rip-offs, he said. Residents of border cities, such asWindsor, need to be extra careful as they are accustomed to shopping across the border, said O’Keefe.

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Top 10 consumer complaints

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Shady auto dealers, shoddy construction work and incessant debt collectors were once again among the most common targets of consumer gripes last year. Towing disputes and feuds between landlords and tenants were the two fasting growing complaints, while mortgage assistance scams and door-to-door meat sales were new problems on the list, according to the Consumer Federation of America’s annual report. The list, released Wednesday, is the result of survey responses from 40 state and local consumer protection agencies in 20 states. The complaints come as budget cuts and limited resources continue to squeeze the agencies, which fielded more than 350,000 complaints collectively last year, according to the report. “Whether it’s an offer on the Internet or meat being sold door-to-door out of the back of a truck, consumers need to be careful in today’s marketplace,” Amber Capoun, president of the North American Consumer Protection Investigators which helped conduct the survey, said in a statement. Related: Sneaky credit card charges can cost you hundreds 1. Auto Issues with auto sales once again topped the list. Car shoppers reported misleading advertising for new and used cars, faulty repairs, leasing and towing disputes and getting suckered into buying lemons. One California consumer noticed…

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With Smarter Cars, The Doors Are Open To Hacking Dangers

Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller have been hacking into products for a long time. But they don’t steal stuff or mess with people; instead, their purpose is to pressure companies into making their products more secure. This week, they scored big. Their research on hacking cars has captured the attention of millions and has been featured in Forbes and on the Today show. Miller and Valasek are not the first guys to hack a car, but they demonstrated like few have before just how dangerous these kinds of attacks could be. “That’s really where Charlie and I came in,” says Valasek, a security researcher at IOActive. “We really wanted to see, once someone was inside your car network, to what extent could you control the automobile?” The pair got a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and bought two modern, connected cars: a Toyota Prius and a Ford Escape. Then they tapped into the network of little built-in computers that run on virtually every car sold today. Car makers began embedding electronic control units, or ECUs, in cars more than 30 years ago. These simple little computers were developed during the first gas crisis. Initially, they were used as tiny computerized carburetors.…

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Woman says Milton Motor wasn’t honest about vehicle’s condition

CHARLESTON – Milton Motor Used Auto Sales LLC is being sued after a woman claims it was not honest with her about the condition of a vehicle she purchased. On May 2, 2012, Patricia Davis entered into a motor vehicle purchase contract with the defendant for the purchase of a 2001 Ford Explorer, according to a complaint filed June 21 in Kanawha Circuit Court. Davis claims she specifically asked the defendant about the quality, durability and value of the vehicle and was assured the vehicle was a good, dependable car. The defendant represented the vehicle had no history or prior problems or damage when in fact, the vehicle had been previously extensively damaged, including apparent damage resulting from submersion in flood waters or other waters and the dealer had actual knowledge of the damage or should have discovered the damage upon reasonable inspection, according to the suit.

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Buying A Used Car? Check For Odometer Fraud

Buying a used car is already risky business, and this story of fraud in New York will have you double checking your paperwork.

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The National Odometer and Title Fraud Enforcement Association (NOTFEA) is a non-profit, professional organization formed originally in 1980 as the National Odometer Enforcement Association (NOEA).

The association is chartered as a non-profit corporation with the Commonwealth of Virginia and is registered as a 501(C)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service.

Membership in NOTFEA is restricted to individuals working for law enforcement and consumer protection agencies, licensing and motor vehicle departments, and private attorneys and investigators who are responsible for detecting, deterring, and prosecuting odometer, rebuilt/salvage, and other title fraud offenders under state, federal, and other applicable laws.