Odometer Tampering Case:
Most Recent Update 4/13/06 (See end of document)
United States v. Gary Lee Sutton, 1:06-cr-00124 (D. Colo.)
The United States Department of Justice, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office Of Odometer Fraud Investigations, and the Colorado Department of Revenue, Auto Industry Division, recently concluded an investigation in Colorado involving the sale of used motor vehicles with altered odometers. The Federal odometer law, Title 49, United States Code, sections 32701-32711 (formerly the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act, Title 15, United States Code, sections 1981-1991) prohibits disconnecting, resetting, or altering a motor vehicle's odometer with intent to change the number of miles on the odometer. 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 Act requires a statement to that effect to be furnished in written form to the buyer.
Following the investigation, on April 4, 2006, a federal grand jury in the District of Colorado indicted Gary Lee Sutton, of Denver and Montrose, Colorado, with two counts of mail fraud, ten counts of odometer tampering, and ten counts of giving false odometer statements. Sutton has not yet been arraigned, and no trial date has been set. Updates will be posted to this web page as information is made available by the Court.
Charges contained in the indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty it is to determine guilt or innocence.
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