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$539,672 Dealership Salesman Fraud

November 22, 2017 1 Comment

A former dealership salesman has pleaded guilty in a very serious case of fraud.

According to, former car salesman Brian A. Vergotz, 50, has pled guilty in a six-figure fraud case in Erie, Pennsylvania. As the story goes, Vergotz participated in a scam in which he used two “straw buyers” to purchase, but not take possession of, dealership vehicles. Per, also part of the scam was that “the banks that provided the loans for the straw buyers’ purchases were not informed that the buyers would not take possession of the vehicles. “Following the falsified purchases, the cars were taken to an independent lot owned by an associate of Vergotz. In total, Vergotz scammed his employer out of 10 vehicles worth a combined $539,671, sometime between May of 2015 and March of 2016. The dealership where Vergotz was working when he participated in the fraud has not been disclosed, and his employer was reportedly unaware of his illicit actions.

Vergotz could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison following his guilty plea. What do you think dealers can do to make the best decisions when it comes to hiring trustworthy, reliable, long-term employees for their store or group?

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  • Ryan Knight says:

    Wow 30 years, that is a stiff penalty. Not that the scam is not dirty and disgusting.