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NJ AG steps up auto enforcement

The New Jersey Attorney General’s office has reached settlements with two dealership groups engaged in alleged consumer fraud, according to an announcement. Auto Mall 46, which does business under 10 dealership names, agreed to pay $219,927 in civil penalties for altering the price on sales and lease documents to an amount other than what was […]

Court decision muddles proposed FDCPA rule

A ruling from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals could complicate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed guidelines for the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act as it relates to electronic validation notices, Chris Willis, a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, told Auto Finance News. “[The decision] is throwing a fly in the CFPB’s ointment for […]

Pennsylvania dealers nailed in 4-year fraud scheme

The owner and finance manager of two Erie County, Pa.-based dealerships — Lakeside Auto and Lakeside Chevrolet — have been indicted on 17 counts of auto fraud, according to an announcement by the Department of Justice on Tuesday. According to the indictment, Owner and former President of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association, Andrew Gabler, […]

NY dealership owners arrested for lender fraud

Two owners of a Central Valley, N.Y.-based used-car dealership have been arrested on charges of wire and bank fraud, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office release. The father-and-son operators of Exclusive Motor Sports, Mehdi and Saaed Moslem, allegedly defrauded lenders by overstating their net worth in loan applications. The pair also understated income in their […]

5 lessons to learn from software vendor data breach

According to a June 12 settlement announced by the Federal Trade Commission, back in 2015 an employee of Iowa-based LightYear Dealer Technologies, the parent company of DealerBuilt, plugged in a storage device to the company’s backup network in order to increase storage capacity.  However, the employee failed to ensure that the device was securely configured, thereby […]

Florida AG cracks down on auto loan fraud

The Florida Attorney General’s office has announced a settlement with now-defunct Riverside Chevrolet and its former owner, Andrew Ferguson, for selling consumers vehicles with outstanding liens from August 2017 to April 2018. The settlement carries a price tag of $1.2 million, according to an agency release. “We are shifting into high gear to protect Florida […]

NMAC settles DOJ suit over unlawful repos with $3M payment

Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. has agreed to pay the Department of Justice $3 million following allegations that the captive violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), a law designed by the DOJ to ease financial burdens on servicemembers during periods of active military service.  The suit alleges that Franklin, Tenn.-based NMAC repossessed 113 vehicles owned […]

CFPB extends FDCPA comment period

Sentiment among consumer advocacy groups is split on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s announcement of the 30-day extension on the comment period for its proposed debt collection rule. Last month a group of consumer advocacy groups and industry trade groups sent separate letters to the CFPB requesting a 60- to 90-day extension on the comment […]
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