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Dozens of victims come forward after investigation finds Indianapolis dealership committing odometer fraud

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Posted at 5:00 AM, Apr 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-27 14:10:55-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A WRTV investigation into a local car dealer has prompted nearly four dozen additional victims to come forward.

KBB Auto Sales is accused of deceiving its customers by selling vehicles with the odometers rolled back thousands of miles.

The investigation started with one victim and now Indiana State Police Detective Brandon Farias tells WRTV that 46 more victims of the dealership have reached out.

WRTV's Kelsey Anderson has spoken with victims daily since her first report on March 16. Eight of those victims have filed lawsuits through Perry Township Small Claims Court.

While they wait for the investigation to be completed, all of the victims are stuck paying the bill for a car that they claim wasn't what they signed paperwork for.

WRTV spoke to Tim Hardwick on March 16. Hardwick was waiting for a refund of $9,500 after purchasing a vehicle from KBB Auto Sales in Indianapolis. More than a month later, he's still waiting.

It was Hardwick's case that made state police aware of the problem and led to dozens of other victims coming forward.

Dyquisha Lacy was another victim who spoke with WRTV in mid-March. She purchased a car for $7,000 and within a week of purchasing it, the car broke down on the interstate.

She called Farias and found out that beside the car being a “lemon,” her odometer had also been rolled back nearly 70,000 miles.

Lacy is still waiting for her refund and so is Alicia Akins, who found out her odometer had been rolled back through Farias. But when Akins filed her lawsuit in small claims court against the dealership, they repossessed her car. That same vehicle has since been sold to another consumer.

All three of these victims who spoke to WRTV have filed in small claims court.

Hardwick is set to go to court this Thursday, Akins is due in court on May 25 and Lacy was in court on Tuesday.

We'll continue to update their stories as their cases make their way through the court system.

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