MIAMI COUNTY — A third Piqua resident has been sentenced in connection with an indictment for selling motor vehicles with altered odometers to unsuspecting customers.
Scott J. Carnes Jr., 32, was sentenced to a total of 18 months in prison for six charges of third-degree felony tampering with records in Miami County Common Pleas Court this week. Carnes was also ordered to pay a total of $3,265 in restitution.
The indictment cited approximately 20 vehicles for which the titles were transferred to customers with falsified odometer readings, beginning in May 2011 and ending in November 2013. Overall, the indictment mentions approximately 60 overt acts. According to the indictment, Carnes was connected with six vehicles.
The four defendants reportedly worked at a lot on the corner of South Street and Clark Avenue in Piqua during the time of the conduct. One of the businesses in the lot was Mills Auto Sales, located at 417 South St.
Examples of vehicles that the county cited as illegally altered by the defendants included a 2000 GMC with an odometer reading of 186,000 miles and an actual mileage of 283,168 miles, and a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban with an odometer reading of 99,000 miles and an actual mileage of 285,820 miles.
According to Miami County Prosecutor Anthony Kendell, the corrupt activity was uncovered when a recipient of one of the vehicles brought the car to a repair shop and the mechanic told the owner that the odometer had been tampered with and was not displaying the correct mileage.
Former salesperson Joshua Finley, 28, of Piqua, already was sentenced in connection with this crime and is serving 18 months in prison. Rodney Jenkins, 49, of Piqua, was sentenced to nine months in prison in connection with this indictment as well. Christopher T.A. Mills, 27, of Piqua, is the last person on the indictment and is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 29.
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