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June 20, 2013

DMV Investigators Bust Unlicensed Car Dealer Ring

Over 200 Vehicles were sold with False Odometer Mileage

Sacramento – On June 18, 2013, Murad Alrawashdeh 24, and Rami Alrawashdeh 20 were arrested in Fresno alleging several felony counts of grand theft, altering vehicle certificates of title, vehicle odometer tampering and acting as unlicensed car dealers. A warrant is still outstanding on a third suspect, Atef Alrawashdeh 30 who is being sought by law enforcement officials.

The ten-month investigation was the result of a victim purchaser who attempted to register a vehicle with considerably less mileage that showed on previous registration transactions on file at the DMV. The vehicle was originally advertised on and a review of the listing by investigators revealed that the seller(s) had posted more than 180 vehicles for sale in a 15-month period. The cars for sale were 2003-2007 Toyota Corollas and Honda Civics.

A search warrant was ultimately served in Fresno on June 13, 2013, which resulted in the seizure of odometer clusters, cash, computers and ledgers that detailed each vehicle sold. Based on the seized ledger information, it is estimated that the ring profited approximately $296,000 over a two and half year period with the sale of more than 212 vehicles with altered odometers.

Media Contact: Tom Wilson, Central Area Commander, DMV Investigations (559)444-2529

Items seized will be on display at the Fresno DMV Investigations office for a limited time.

Photo of table with vehicle instrument clusters

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