JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Attorney General Chris Koster obtained a preliminary injunction this week against the owners of Clark's Automotive, who are accused defrauding creditors by advertising and selling stolen vehicles and reselling them with active liens for scrap metal.

The preliminary injunction order prevents Clark's from selling, advertising or transferring motor vehicles within Missouri. It also prevents Clark's from disposing of or selling for scrap metal any motor vehicle.

Koster filed suit against the business owners, Amado and Alfredo Navarro, on April 2. In addition to the injunction, Koster is seeking restitution for consumers, civil penalties and court costs.

"Automobiles are among the most expensive purchases for any consumer," Koster said. "My office stands ready to protect Missourians from fraudulent dealers selling stolen vehicles."

The investigation and lawsuit against Clark's Automotive was the result of a joint effort by the Missouri Attorney General's Office, the Kansas City Police Department, the Missouri Department of Revenue, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.