The attorney general's office is bringing contempt of court charges against the former owners of Riverside Mitsubishi in Auburn for selling cars after being banned from the business and for failing to make $100,000 payment to the state.
“This is an egregious example of defendants ignoring a court order,” said Attorney General Martha Coakley said. “We have initiated this contempt proceeding to protect consumers and to recover monies owed to the Commonwealth.”
Darryl and Brenda Rivernider, of Oxford, had been banned from selling cars in Massachusetts in 2005. They agreed to those terms to settle charges that they "routinely lured customers into purchasing cars with false promises of paying-off balances and sweetheart refinancing deals." Instead, Coakley's office said the couple either delayed paying off the loan on the trade-ins or didn't pay them at all. They also allegedly reneged on the financing promises.
The Riverniders are accused of selling at least five cars in August and September, going through middlemen, including their own son.
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