MADISON, Wis. - A former used-car dealer in central Wisconsin has pleaded not guilty to charges of rolling back odometers, and an unlicensed dealer in northern Michigan has pleaded guilty to similar charges.
Ivan Fraaza of the former Fraaza's Used Cars in Ringle, Wis., near Wausau, pleaded not guilty May 8 to nine counts of altering odometers and nine counts of providing false odometer information to customers, said Assistant U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil in Madison.
The criminal charges were recommended by a federal grand jury.
Meanwhile, on April 24, Dennis Manzoline pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Marquette, Mich., to one count each of mail fraud, odometer fraud, money structuring and income tax evasion.
Manzoline, 42, of Ishpeming, Mich., had bought 130 late-model, high-mileage used cars at government auctions in California and Florida, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Lloyd Meyer. Manzoline rolled back the mile-age on some of the cars' odometers, then applied for and received Michigan titles showing the altered mileage, Meyer said.
In exchange for the guilty plea, the government has agreed to dismiss 50 counts of odometer tampering. Manzoline is under supervised release pending sentencing July 22.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.