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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2014
Investigators Discovered over 100 Vehicles with Altered Odometers
SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today that a DMV Investigations case has led to criminal charges against an Antioch car dealer for odometer tampering. On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, California Car Sales owner George Guevara was charged with 79 criminal counts including conspiracy to commit grand theft, odometer tampering, and theft by false pretenses. He made an agreement with the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office to self-surrender to the court.
"This case shows that DMV and the District Attorney's Offices throughout the state take odometer tampering seriously and have a zero tolerance approach," said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto.
In April, DMV investigators conducted an undercover operation where an agent purchased a minivan with an odometer, which had been rolled back nearly 150,000 miles. Investigators determined over 100 vehicles sold by Guevara's lot had their odometers altered. The case was then sent to the Contra Costa District Attorney's office for review and filing.
DMV Investigations Commander Tom Wilson said when buying a car it is critical that consumers take their time and do research on the vehicle. "Take the vehicle to an independent mechanic for an inspection;you want to ensure you are getting what you pay for." For more information on consumer rights and responsibilities check out DMV's fast facts for car buyers.
Guevara is being held on $1,018,000 bail. His wife, Danielle Guevara is also charged with similar criminal counts and self-surrendered to the court.
DMV's Investigations Division enhances consumer protection including auto and identity related fraud, car dealers, driving schools, traffic violator schools,and other DMV occupational licensees, as well as Internal Affairs Investigations. DMV is a department under the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).