Norfolk car dealership raided by multiple law enforcement agencies

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 24 at 5:44 PM

NORFOLK -- Virginia DMV law enforcement agents conducted a search Monday at Victory Lane Motors in Norfolk.

According to DMV spokeswoman Sunni Brown, the search of the business located at 6512 Virginia Beach Boulevard was for "any and all motor vehicle-related documents and data."

According to a search warrant, DMV special agents began their investigation after getting a call from an Air Force lawyer about dozens of service members who had reported problems with the dealership.

According to an affidavit filed with the warrant, 25 service members have filed complaints against the dealership.

The warrant says those complaints center on Victory Lane Motors selling cars with outstanding loans. Each of the victims claim to have been sold cars with outstanding loans at other banks, either because the dealership wrote a bad check or just didn't pay the loan.

A DMV special agent writes in the warrant that the total amount of outstanding loans on cars that had already been sold is $310,900.

"DMV law enforcement would be interested in speaking with anyone who has purchased a car from this dealership and never received a title, placed a vehicle on consignment, or returned a car after purchase," Brown said.

Those customers are asked to contact 757-455-0881.

The business was placed off-limits to all Navy personnel on June 20 by Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, following reports of the business defrauding its customers.  According to the Navy, the business defrauded more than 20 service members.

The commanding officers at Joint Base Langley-Eustis have also placed the business off-limits to soldiers and airmen.

Norfolk Police spokesman Daniel Hudson tells 13News Now multiple agencies are assisting in the ongoing investigation.

 

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