DA: Wichita dealership GM failed to provide title, issued fraudulent 60-day tags
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) – A used car dealership’s general sales manager has been ordered to pay more than $20,000 in penalties after the district attorney's office accused him of failing to provide a vehicle title and issuing fraudulent 60-day tags.
The Sedgwick County DA's office said Thomas Anderson, general manager of Credit King Auto Sales at 3205 South Broadway, entered into a consent judgment following an investigation by the Consumer Protection Division.
"The investigation also located evidence of the issuance of fraudulent 60-day temporary registration permits, commonly called 60-day tags, on numerous vehicles sold by the dealership," the DA's office said in a news release.
The release said that while Anderson denied violating the KCPA, he agreed to enter into a consent judgment to settle the matter. The judgment calls for him to pay over $20,000 in civil penalties, costs and expenses. The consent judgment also requires a 12-month probationary period and cooperation with any future complaints.
"Anderson agreed to make sure the dealership would not sell vehicles that it did not either possess the title to or had sufficient funds to issue a refund," the release said. "He also agreed to provide training to salespersons to avoid a repeat of the allegations and promised to insure all salespersons are properly licensed prior to engaging in consumer transactions."
District Attorney Marc Bennett reminds residents that customers should receive certificates of title within 60 days of vehicle purchase so the buyer can register the vehicle. Failure to provide title within 60 days makes the transaction “fraudulent and void,” entitling customers to a refund.
Also, dealerships may only issue a buyer one 60-day temporary registration permit following the sale of a vehicle.
In an e-mail, the dealership owners said they have no knowledge of this legal action and they haven't entered into any consent judgement.