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Rochester Car dealer shut down for fraud

Rochester, N.Y. - A court ruling in has shut down Frontier Autohaus for fraud, and barred the owner, Shawn Minnehan, from ever again operating in New York State.

The dealer misled customers and failed to pay off liens on used vehicles, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.

The Monroe Co. Supreme Court also mandated the sale of the dealership assets. The dealership and owner are required to pay $289,000 in restitution to 46 consumers, and $50,000 in fines and other costs to New York State.

According to the Attorney General, Frontier Autohaus also accepted cars for trade-in that still had remaining loan balances, then failed to pay off these balances before reselling the cars to consumers. That meant the previous owners were still on the hook for their original loans, and the new owners could not register their vehicles.

Schneidermans office worked with several financial institutions to help ensure the return of vehicles to consumers who were defrauded, to obtain forgiveness of loans for those who were misled, and to get insurance payments to victims from a Dept. of Motor Vehicles bond.

Consumers who have additional complaints about Frontier Autohaus should contact the Attorney Generals Rochester Regional Office Consumer Frauds Bureau at (585) 546-3240.

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