(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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