Would you ever buy a used ride from a car dealer named after an animated series like…'Pinky and the Brain'? To the tricked buyers' defense, the "Pinky N Brain Corp." dealership in Old Bridge, New Jersey was also known as D&D Auto Sales.
The used car shop was shut down after authorities charged the owner, Jonathan Olin, 41, along with two of his employees and a technician from the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) in an alleged scheme to sell vehicles damaged in Superstorm Sandy with falsified clear titles.
The operator of the business had been a subject of ABC's The Lookout" investigation into Sandy-affected cars that aired in July and during which, undercover reporters bought a flood-damaged 2006 Ford F-350, with the salesman referring to a flood alert on the vehicle's CarFax report as only "a glitch".
The produces then took the car for an inspection and found severe damage, including a corroded transmission and possible issues with the airbags. The dealership responded to the report with the following statement at the time:
"D&D auto sales sincerely regrets the unfortunate misrepresentation of the product by the salesperson. We do not condone such business practices and have terminated the salesman as a result of his independent action. This is in no way reflective of typical business practices at D&D."
According to prosecutors, Olin and the other defendants bought eight storm-damaged vehicles auctioned by an insurance company for parts only and allegedly issued fake titles for the cars selling them to unsuspected customers.
Thanks to Maria for the tip!