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Former GM Gets 4 Years, Owes $8M for Embezzlement

Amir Bakhtiari will spend 54 months in federal prison and faces deportation to Iran after pleading guilty to embezzling $6 million by paying phony advertising invoices and unearned bonuses.

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Ky. Dealer Charged With Leading $4M Repurchase Fraud

A federal grand jury has charged a Kentucky dealer and two alleged accomplices with defrauding a manufacturer — thought to be Toyota — of more than $4 million by running 350 used pickups through a consumer buyback program.

Hyundai Claims Dealer Fraud Forced $5M in Repurchases

Hyundai North America has sued a Pennsylvania dealer for fraud, claiming he bilked the automaker for $5 million by buying up hundreds of used Sonatas and purposely damaging their engines beyond repair.

FCA to Pay $40M Fine for ‘Cookie Jar’ Sales Reports

FCA US and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay $40 million to settle charges leveled by the SEC, which accused the automaker of misleading investors by falsifying monthly sales reports to maintain the appearance of monthly gains.

Calif. AG Sues Blanco for Bank Fraud, False Advertising

The office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has charged the 10-rooftop Paul Blanco’s Good Car Co. with credit application fraud, payment packing, and false and deceptive advertising.

Former Porsche Salesman Pleads Guilty to $3M Fraud

Shiraaz Sookralli faces 20 years in prison after admitting to charges of fraud and embezzlement relating to a multimillion-dollar scheme to sell nonexistent Porsches from a South Florida dealership.

5 Profit-Draining Dealership Accounting Practices

If your bottom line is falling short of your expectations, bad money management could be to blame. Operations expert offers five common bad practices you can end today.

Feds: Fake FinCo Scored 80 Auto Loans Worth $1.7M

Six operators of a nonexistent auto finance company have been sentenced to federal prison or probation for fraudulently obtaining $1.7 million worth of loans from banks and credit unions.

S.C. Dealer Sues Former GM, F&I Manager

Hoover Mitsubishi’s Mark Hoover has sued two former employees accused of doctoring auto loan applications, a scheme that led to an FBI raid and the shuttering of the dealership.

High Risk, Low Reward: Employee Accused of Stealing ID for ’07 Corvette

The Arizona Department of Transportation has charged Randall Cepi with fraud, forgery, and theft, accusing the former employee of a Flagstaff Nissan dealership with stealing a customer’s nonpublic personal information to secure a loan for a used Chevrolet Corvette.