Used car dealer is sentenced for odometer scheme


A wholesale used car dealer was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 15 months in prison for his part in a conspiracy to roll back the odometers on about 2,000 cars, many of which were sold at prices higher than if the tampering had not occurred, said an Internal Revenue Service spokesman.

Spokesman Domenic J. LaPonzina said Robert A. Webber Sr. and William Brouwer, a co-conspirator who was sentenced Tuesday to 4 1/2 years, were among nine wholesale used car dealers indicted by a federal grand jury in September 1996 for conspiring to purchase more than 2,000 vehicles, rolling back odometers, altering their titles to reflect a lower mileage, obtaining new titles from various states and laundering money to promote the illegal activity.

LaPonzina said that Webber pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to roll back odometers in February 1997. He said that Brouwer was convicted by a jury Aug. 8, 1997.

After they are released from prison, each defendant will be placed on two years' probation, LaPonzina said.

Pub Date: 5/15/98

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