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The complaint, filed Jan. 31, alleged that Glenn A. Geiser Jr., 48, of Brewer and his dealerships, Bangor Car Care Inc., Bumper2Bumper Inc. and My Maine Ride, targeted consumers with poor credit who needed financing, pressured them to buy cars that were not roadworthy and did not respond to customer complaints, according to a press release issued Friday by Mills' office.
The Consumer Protection Division of Mills' office received 86 complaints in the last 13 months about My Maine Ride, 159 complaints about Bumper2Bumper since 2011, and 539 complaints about Bangor Car Care since 2003.
The state is seeking civil penalties, which could run as high as $10,000 for each violation; a permanent injunction to bar Geiser and any entity in which he has an ownership interest from promoting, selling and/or financing used cars; and reimbursement of the cost of the litigation, including attorney and expert witness fees.
"These kinds of practices give Maine businesses a bad name," Mills said in the release. "Targeting vulnerable people and duping them into buying cars that are not safe not only defrauds the consumer but puts every person traveling our roads at risk. We intend to put a stop to it."
In addition to the civil complaint, Geiser has been charged in Penobscot County with 80 counts of using counterfeit inspection stickers, a Class E crime. He is scheduled to be tried April 9 at the Penobscot Judicial Center. If convicted, Geiser faces up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 on each count.
The Maine secretary of state's office is seeking to have Geiser's license to sell cars suspended. He is opposing the suspension. A hearing on the matter will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Department of Motor Vehicles in the Airport Mall in Bangor. The hearing is open to the public.
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