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Ghosn Skips Bail, Escapes to Lebanon

Convinced he was framed for financial crimes in Japan, former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn somehow slipped past surveillance and fled to his home in Lebanon.

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Top 10 Fraud Stories of 2019

A number of U.S. auto dealers and dealership sales and F&I personnel were the victims or alleged perpetrators in several major fraud cases this year.

WSJ: SEC Probing BMW Sales Reports

The Wall Street Journal reports the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating accusations that BMW conspired with American dealers to inflate monthly sales reports.

Dealer Alleges Corruption, Saudi Ties in Nissan Lawsuit

Attorneys representing the Sage auto group say Nissan orchestrated the sale of two franchises to a dealer with ties to a Saudi businessman swept up in the Carlos Ghosn Scandal.

Police: Fla. Dealer Couple Faked 35 Sales Contracts

A Florida Highway Patrol investigation led to the arrests of husband and wife dealers accused of submitting at least 35 phantom RISCs for purchase by an auto finance company.

Gabler Attorney Questions Prosecution Evidence

An attorney for indicted Pennsylvania dealer and former association head Andy Gabler has filed a motion accusing prosecutors of failing to document instances of alleged fraud.

Mass. Dealer Agrees to Nearly $1M Settlement

The Boston-area AutoMax group has agreed to a $925,000 settlement after facing accusations of misrepresenting vehicles, warranty and service contract coverage, and fees.

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.

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.