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LEGAL UPDATE: Sean Petersen, NIADA senior vice president of legal and governmental affairs, talks about recent legal issues affecting independent dealers.  One change in Nevada regulates the use of starter-interrupt and GPS devices.

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VW Warns Auctions of Stolen Cars

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:20

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.

State Suspends Dealer’s License Again

Monday, 04 September 2017 01:40

Michigan’s Secretary of State recently suspended the license of a used-car dealer for the second time.
Infiniti Motor Group Inc. in Redford was unable to produce records required by law, including odometer statements and properly assigned titles, to a Secretary of State investigator during a general compliance inspection. The licensee was previously on a two-year probation, in part due to a failure to properly maintain records.

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Elected Official Faces Curbstoning Charges

Friday, 01 September 2017 01:39

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.

State Says Couple Withheld Car Sales Tax

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 01:03

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.

Buy-Here, Pay-Here Operators Plead Guilty To Laundering Money

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