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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2017
DMV Arrests Auto Broker Accused of Cheating Customers Out of $2.3 Million
Clovis business owner charged in fraudulent sale of 48 newer-model vehicles
Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today the arrest of Scott Allyn Radtke, of Clovis, on charges relating to fraudulent transactions estimated at more than $2.3 million.
DMV investigators, working with the Clovis and Tulare police departments, say a five-month probe into Radtke’s California Motoring Company (CMC) auto broker business in Clovis uncovered the fraudulent sale of 48 newer-model vehicles that cheated 64 victims out of an estimated $2,304,765. Those defrauded include consumers, auto dealerships, and lending institutions, investigators say.
Radtke, 55, was booked Monday into the Fresno County Jail on 98 criminal counts, including forgery, grand theft of personal property, identity theft, theft by false pretenses, theft from elderly or dependent adults, and passing checks with insufficient funds. The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case.
“The DMV will not tolerate unscrupulous brokers taking advantage of customers and dealerships,” DMV Investigations Chief Frank Alvarez said. “We have peace officers who diligently investigate this kind of fraudulent activity.”
The DMV Investigations Division enforces regulations that apply to new and used vehicle dealers, brokers, dismantlers, registrations services, vehicle verifiers, misuse of Disabled Person Parking Placard/Plates, driving schools or traffic violator schools, and other vehicle-related businesses.
The public can file a consumer complaint against any of the above-listed groups by filling out a “Record of Complaint Form” on the DMV’s website at https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/forms/inv/inv172a.
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