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US v. Gill Saleet, et al..


Dear [VICTIM'S NAME]:

The Consumer Protection Branch of the United States Department of Justice, working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, has conducted an investigation in the Maryland and Virginia areas involving the sale of used motor vehicles with altered odometers. Criminal charges were filed against Gill Maor Saleet, Ron Schichtman and Jean Kyung Bae as a result of the investigation. The case was brought in Alexandria, Virginia, in August 2000. On November 16, 2000, the indictment charging the defendants was unsealed and made public after Mr. Saleet was arrested and Ms. Bae voluntarily surrendered. The indictment charges offenses occurring between January 1993 and July 1996. On February 16, 2001, Mr. Saleet pled guilty to conspiring to purchase high-mileage used cars, to roll back the odometers, and to sell the rolled back cars to unsuspecting purchasers. In addition, on February 2, 2001, Ms. Bae entered a guilty plea to one count of inducing a person to travel in interstate commerce in execution of a scheme to defraud. Further information on this case may be accessed under "Cases" on the Office of Consumer of Litigation portion of the United States Department of Justice website, www.usdoj.gov/civil/CPB/, under U.S. v. Gill Saleet, et al. Current information on court dates will be available at that location.

The investigation disclosed that more than 400 vehicles had been subject to odometer tampering. The Victims Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 requires the government to notify the victims and advise them of their rights and obligations under the Federal law. Accordingly, you are hereby notified that you may have been a victim of odometer fraud. Documents gathered by the government indicate that you own or once owned the following vehicle:

Year     Make     VIN

The records obtained by the government indicate that the aforementioned vehicle had at least [HI] miles on [DATE]. As mentioned above, the offenses charged in this case took place from 1993 to July 1996. When you acquired this vehicle, you may have purchased it from a defendant, or from another party who purchased it from a defendant without knowledge of the rollback.

If you purchased the vehicle without the knowledge that the odometer had been altered and if you currently own that vehicle, please complete the enclosed forms, entitled "Victim Loss Worksheet" and "Consumer Declaration," and return them to the following address no later than April 2, 2001.

F. Kurt Bubenhofer
United States Probation Officer
401 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314

 

The Federal odometer law, Chapter 327 (Public Law 103-272), prohibits the disconnection, resetting, or alteration of a motor vehicle's odometer with the intent to change the number of miles indicated thereon. The law requires that a written disclosure of the mileage registered on an odometer be provided by the seller to the purchaser at the time ownership of a vehicle is transferred. If the odometer mileage is incorrect, the law requires a statement to that effect be furnished in written form to the buyer.

Violations of the above requirements also may subject the violator to civil liability if it is determined that the violator's actions were intended to defraud the purchaser. The law makes available to the buyer a remedy in the amount of $1,500 or treble damages. Section 32710 of the law permits the buyer to bring a civil action in the State or Federal court. You may do this by contacting your own private attorney or the State Attorney General. Your State Attorney General has the authority under Federal law to bring an action on your behalf and can also advise you regarding applicable State laws. The Federal government has the authority to bring actions for civil and criminal penalties; however, it cannot bring actions on behalf of consumers. We strongly recommend that you consult your own private attorney to determine your legal rights and remedies in this matter. You will find an enclosed document titled "Odometer Fraud – Civil Remedies for Victims" which may assist you.

In addition, you should be aware that should you sell this vehicle without notifying the purchaser that the odometer does not reflect the actual mileage, you may incur liability. We hope this information will be of use to you. Any questions regarding this matter should be directed to me at 202-307-0049.

Sincerely,

Ruth Karper
Paralegal Specialist

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