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Federal grand jury indicts two men for wire fraud and odometer tampering

Huff’s Auto Sales had mechanics swap odometers with lower-mileage replacement odometers; defendants now face maximum 35 years with no parole

Bowling Green, Ky.—A federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Ky., returned an indictment on June 14, charging two Warren County men with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit odometer tampering, and four counts of odometer tampering.    

According to the indictment, beginning in June 2018, through January 2023, Randy Huff, 60, aided and abetted by his employee Donnie Wilson, 50, devised a scheme to defraud the buyers of used cars by fraudulently reducing the mileage shown on the odometers, thereby inducing both the immediate and subsequent buyers of the vehicles to pay more for the motor vehicles than they would have paid if they had known the vehicles’ true mileages. 

As part of the scheme, mechanics working for Huff reduced the mileage shown on the vehicles’ odometers by swapping the odometers with lower-mileage replacement odometers. After altering the vehicles’ odometers and the titles, Huff, Wilson, and other employees sold the vehicles to customers at Huff’s Auto Sales in Beaver Dam, Ky., and South Side Auto Sales in Bowling Green, Ky. This led to larger profits for Huff.

If convicted, each faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

There is no parole in the federal system.

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