West Virginia Attorney General's Office: Lawsuit seeks shutdown of unlicensed dealership
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
A lawsuit filed Monday by the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office claims four people played a part in operating two Cross Lanes dealerships that misrepresented odometer readings and unlawfully sold some used vehicles with serious mechanical defects and fraudulent inspection stickers.
The lawsuit centers on Richmond’s Quality Cars, LLC, and CMS Pre-owned Auto Sales, LLC, located on Big Tyler Road in Cross Lanes, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey sought a court order to permanently shut down the used car dealership, seize any inventory remaining up for sale and force its owners to forfeit all proceeds from every vehicle they sold to refund consumers.
The Attorney General’s Office claims Karen Richmond, who had ownership in both companies, and Brian Richmond repeatedly sold used vehicles at the dealerships without a license.
The lawsuit cites allegations involving six consumers. One consumer had a vehicle in such poor condition that a zip tie was used to hold down its hood, the news release sad. The Attorney General’s Office said the vehicle was returned by the purchaser without a refund.
In another instance, the Richmonds taped over an odometer reading to pass on an 185,000-mile vehicle as 85,000 and used worthless checks to refund the purchase of an unsafe vehicle and sold another vehicle without a title, the news release said.
Most vehicles sold by the Richmonds were purchased at auctions on behalf of other named defendants for sale at dealerships in Huntington and Lewisburg, the Attorney General’s Office said. The lawsuit said many were sold in Cross Lanes in violation of state laws.
The news release said Corey Smith and Glenville Ratliff, respectively owns of CMS Pre-Owned Auto Sales in Huntington and Maplewood Auto Sales in Lewisburg, were included as defendants. Both men had their dealer licenses revoked last year, the Attorney General’s Office said.