The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has the authority to suspend indefinitely a dealer's license pending an administrative hearing on alleged violations, a state judge has ruled.
The judge rejected a Yonkers used-car dealer's argument that such suspensions can last no longer than 10 days.
The dispute involves Frank Salerno, the owner of Ultimate Motors Inc. Salerno was charged with grand larceny and scheming to defraud for allegedly accepting vehicles on assignment but failing to turn sale proceeds over to the owners.
He pleaded guilty last December to one felony count involving a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette convertible worth about $28,000, according to the decision. He was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay restitution, said Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the Westchester County district attorney's office.