WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A 31-year-old man who operated three used car dealerships in Wichita faces 27 federal charges connected to altering vehicle odometers.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas said Adam Newbrey, of Derby, operated iDeal Motors, Midwest Wholesale, and Prestige Motors.

In 2020 and 2021, he allegedly purchased used vehicles in Kansas and Oklahoma, altered the odometers, and then used fraudulent documents to obtain titles from the Kansas Department of Revenue reflecting the falsified odometer readings. He's also accused of using the titles with the mispresented mileage to defraud customers who purchased vehicles.

Newbrey is charged with:

  • one count of conspiracy to commit odometer fraud
  • nine counts of odometer tampering
  • seven counts of mail fraud
  • nine counts of aggravated identity theft
  • one count of wire fraud

Newbrey made his initial court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Brooks Severson on Friday. 

In August of 2022, Adam and Andrea Newbrey were banned from selling vehicles in Kansas, and a nearly $160,000 default judgment was entered against iDeal Motors for violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.