DMV investigators bust unlicensed car dealer ring

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Investigators with the Department of Motor Vehicles busted an unlicensed car dealer ring recently after they found that cars being sold from this dealership were being sold with false odometer mileage.

On June 18, 24-year-old Murad Alrawashdeh (IMAGE: http://bit.ly/12lGPht) and 20-year-old Rami Alrawashdeh (IMAGE: http://bit.ly/19mbmFF) were arrested in Fresno alleging several felony counts of grand theft, altering vehicle certificates of title, vehicle odometer tampering and acting as unlicensed car dealers.

Officials said a warrant is still outstanding on a third suspect, 30-year-old Atef Alrawashdeh (IMAGE: http://bit.ly/1cfyyBu) , who is being sought by law enforcement officials.

The investigation and bust was a result of a victim who tried to register their vehicle with less mileage than the DMV had on file for that VIN. The victim said the car was found on Craigslist.com.

The investigation found that the suspects allegedly posted more than 180 vehicles and investigators said that over 200 of these vehicles were sold in Kern County.

Investigators said that the ring profited about $296,000 over a two and a half year period.

The Better Business Bureau said buyers should beware when purchasing anything on Craigslist.

The BBB recommends doing some homework before purchasing a used car. They said a service like CarFax gives you the history of the car, including accident reports and mileage.

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