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State attorney general files suit against Warren car dealership

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

WARREN -- The Ohio attorney general has filed suit in Trumbull Court of Common Pleas against a local used-car dealership, charging that it sold cars for which it did not have the titles.
The dealership, Richmond Motor Works, Warren, also failed to pay off outstanding loans for vehicles it accepted as trades, the attorney general's complaint says.
An AG spokesman could not say how many customers were involved.
Richmond Motor Works, located on West Market Street, has been out of business since proprietor Earl Richmond died in February.
His executor and a business associate, James Williams of Eagle's Loft in Canfield, where also named as defendants. Williams could not be reached Friday.
The attorney for Richmond's estate, Bill Caufield, said he had not seen the complaint.
"Since the death, we have not been able to find where the titles are," he said.
Some consumers already have been reimbursed through a state fund, the complaint said. The attorney general is seeking monetary damages and to have the defendants reimburse the fund.