AUSTIN, TX (KAUZ) - A three-year investigation into a major odometer fraud operation in Texas ends with an arrest.
DPS Troopers arrested the suspect in Grand Prairie on July 6, 2017, on a charge of Tampering with an Odometer.
According to a press release, additional charges are pending.
Odometer fraud is the disconnection, resetting or 'rolling back' of a vehicle's odometer with the intent to defraud.
"The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles does not tolerate anyone ripping off Texas auto buyers," said TxDMV Executive Director Whitney Brewster in a press release. "Mileage is a key factor that consumers use when deciding whether to buy a used vehicle. Tampering with an odometer to deceive a buyer is a serious crime that puts innocent Texans' safety and finances at risk."
TxDMV will contact victims whose vehicles may have had their odometers rolled back as part of this alleged crime ring to have their records updated.
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Fort Worth Police Department, the Grand Prairie Police Department, the
Tarrant County Regional Auto Crimes Task Force and the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office were all involved in the investigation.
If you think you may have been a victim of odometer fraud, you can file a dealer complaint with the TxDMV or with local law enforcement.