Missouri car dealer sentenced for inaccurate mileage on cars

     (AP) – A southwest Missouri car dealer was sentenced to 18

months in federal prison for inaccurate reporting of mileage on dozens of

vehicles he sold.

     Federal prosecutors say 62-year-old Kenneth Smith, of Lebanon, was sentenced

Thursday and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine. He pleaded guilty in June to mail


     Prosecutors say Smith, who operated Cars Unlimited in Lebanon, bought cars at

auction and then received replacement titles from the state that showed a lower

mileage. That allowed Smith to sell the vehicles for more money. Over about two

years, Smith received 54 replacement titles with inaccurate mileage. He sold

them for a total of $346,000.

     Investigators found instruments used to replace odometers at Smith’s business.


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