Owners of W. Manchester dealership allegedly defrauded customers
The owners of a West Manchester Township car dealership are accused of defrauding multiple customers over the past two years.
State police say James Robert Walsch Sr. and Ronald C. Feyerherm inflated fees and charged and collected sales tax on nontaxable items.
Additionally, police allege the two rebuilt wrecked vehicles and advertised and sold them as premium used vehicles.
Walsch and Feyerherm are accused of doing that at Fresh Start Auto Sales and Service, at 925 Carlisle Road, which they own. Police say Feyerherm also failed to keep inspection records required at BAS Used Cars Sales and Service at 240 Lincoln Highway East, New Oxford.
The two are facing more than 100 charges, including corrupt organizations, deceiving business practices, theft by deception and receiving stolen property.
Phone numbers could not be found for them, and Brian Zulli, who is listed as their attorney, did not return a voicemail requesting comment Friday, Oct. 6.
Allegations: Multiple customers reported to police that they were overcharged in purchases from Fresh Start Auto Sales, documents state.
In one case, a customer was told to provide the business with a blank signed check, which the customer thought was for bank loan payments, police said.
The customer would later find that the check was used for $1,700, which was about $1,000 more than the down payment he agreed to pay, documents state.
Another customer alleged she took the 2007 Jeep she purchased from the dealership to them for a catalytic converter, police said. According to court documents, the box for the new converter was found after service in the back of her car, but it was "obviously not" installed.
Police say another customer was overcharged more than $2,000.
In addition to the owners, these employees for the store were cited:
• Jason Berry, 42, of West Longview Drive, Spring Grove, cited with being an unlicensed salesperson, engaging in false advertising
• Beth Cole, 39, of Cherry Street, Red Lion, cited with being an unlicensed salesperson, misrepresentation of facts, false promise of character
• Whitney Craig, 26, of Cemetery Street, Littlestown, cited with being an unlicensed salesperson
• Nicole Kibler, 31, of North Susquehanna Trail, Manchester, cited for being an unlicensed salesperson, misrepresentation of facts
• Douglas McGreevy Jr., 32, of Hanover Pike, Hanover, cited with being an unlicensed salesperson
• Wayne Nickles Jr., 36, of Baltimore Street, Hanover, cited with being an unlicensed salesperson
Charges were filed for the owners Sept. 25, and the two were arraigned on them Sept. 28.
A preliminary hearing for them is scheduled for Nov. 2 at District Judge Keith Albright's office.
State police are asking anyone with additional information to call the vehicle fraud investigation unit at 717-334-8111.
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