Former owner and operator of Auto One sentenced in scheme to defraud

By WKTV News

WESTMORELAND, N.Y. (WKTV) - The former owner of an auto group was sentenced Wednesday after a five month investigation into allegations of overcharging.

According to the Oneida County District Attorney's Office, Matthew Crever, former owner and operator of the Auto One group in Westmoreland, was sentenced on April 25, 2012 to three years probation, 100 hours of community service, and a $1,000 fine.

In January, Crever pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors, including two counts of petit larceny and one count of scheme to defraud.

A five month investigation into allegations of overcharging car buyers for registration and document fees over a four year period, conducted by Investigator Paul Hojohn of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Division of Field Investigations, culminated with the arrest of Crever.

As part of his sentence, Crever was ordered to pay restitution to the numerous victims, totaling just over $26,000.

Crever was required to pay a portion of the restitution at sentencing. If he fails to meet his restitution obligations, he faces up to two years in jail.

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