PIQUA — Four Piqua residents are facing indictments in Miami County Common Pleas Court for allegedly selling vehicles with altered odometers to unaware customers.
The indictment cites approximately 20 vehicles where the titles of the motor vehicles were transferred to customers with falsified odometer readings, beginning in May 2011 and ending in November 2013. Overall, the indictment mentions approximately 60 overt acts.
Piqua residents Christopher T.A. Mills, 27; Scott J. Carnes, Jr., 32; Joshua E. Finley, 28; and Rodney Jenkins, 48, were charged with first-degree felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities and second-degree felony conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activities along with varying counts of three-degree felony tampering with records, fourth-degree felony transferring a motor vehicle with tampered of non-functioning odometer, and fifth-degree felony tampering with an odometer.
Mills was reportedly connected to 10 vehicles, Carnes to six vehicles, Finley to three vehicles, and Jenkins to one vehicle. The four defendants reportedly worked at a lot on the corner of South Street and Clark Avenue during the time of the alleged conduct, including Mills Auto Sales, located at 417 South St.
Examples of vehicles that the county cited as illegally altered include a 2000 GMC with an odometer reading of 186,000 miles with an actual mileage of 283,168 miles, and a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban with an odometer reading of 99,000 miles with an actual mileage of 285,820 miles.
According to Miami County Prosecutor Anthony Kendall, the alleged corrupt activity was uncovered when a recipient of one of the vehicles brought the car to a repair shop and the mechanic told the owner that the odometer had been tampered with and was not displaying the correct mileage.
After being arraigned at the end of last week, the defendants were each released on their own recognizances. Pre-trial conferences have been set for each of the defendants.
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