NORFOLK, Va. - Nissan Motor Corp. U.S.A. has made new allegations against a Newport News, Va., dealership whose franchise it is trying to terminate because of racist statements made by the owner.
Nissan has accused Crumpler Nissan of submitting warranty claims for work that was not done and for work that was done on vehicles that were not covered under Nissan's warranty.
Nissan said the dealership also forged customers' signatures or used fictitious customer names.
The new allegations were made in an April 23 letter that Nissan sent to dealer Bob Crumpler.
'We have learned that you personally, and Crumpler Nissan at your insistence and specific direction, have perpetrated a broad pattern of systemic fraud against Nissan,' the company wrote.
Attempts to reach Crumpler have been unsuccessful.
Nissan announced in December that it was taking steps to terminate Crumpler's franchise after he was secretly videotaped making racial slurs at a James City County mobile home park he owns.
The park manager videotaped Crumpler berating him and using racial slurs against another employee last year.
Even though the incident did not involve the car dealership, Nissan argued that Crumpler's statements smeared the company's reputation.
Crumpler apologized for his comments.
Crumpler requested a state Department of Motor Vehicles hearing on Nissan's move to pull his franchise because of his racial slurs.
Ann Sullivan, a Norfolk attorney, will hear the case July 9 and make a recommendation to the department's commissioner, Richard Holcomb, on whether Nissan has 'good cause' to terminate the franchise.
Holcomb will make the final decision.