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Former Auto One owner faces felony charges

By WKTV News

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - More trouble for the man who used to run a car dealership in Clinton. Matthew Crever was arrested Wednesday and charged with Grand Larceny in the 4th degree.

Crever owned and operated the Auto One Dealership, formerly located on Route 233 in Clinton. A joint investigation conducted by the Oneida County District Attorney's Office and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Division of Field Investigations in Utica resulted in the arrest.

Crever was misidentified as Michael Crever in an earlier version of this story. We regret the error.

DMV Investigators say Crever charged a customer $1300 for an extended warranty, and intentionally failed to file the paperwork with the warranty company. Crever was arraigned in the Town of Marshall Court. He's been remanded to the Oneida County Jail on $5000 cash bail.

There's also an investigation into alleged DMV registration fee overcharges by the Auto One Group. In March, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office said Auto One failed to honor it's obligation to pay customers back for fees they were overcharged. The AG's office says at least 1000 customers were overcharged registration fees, totaling more than $38,000. Crever entered an agreement with Cuomo's office to pay back those fees by December of 2009, but he failed to do so.

Anyone who purchased a vehicle from Auto One who believes they were overcharged for registration fees, or bought an extended warranty that was never filed, the DMV wants to hear from you. Please contact Investigator Paul Hojohn at (315) 793-0047 ext. 205. Please have copies of purchase agreements and vehicle registrations with you at the time of the call.

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