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Four Puyallup men plead guilty to rolling back odometers on vehicles

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
September 29, 2011 7:44 pm

Four Puyallup men today pleaded guilty to charges that they rolled back the odometers on a combined 75 vehicles so they could sell them at higher rates.

Plea agreements were reached for Ricky Ristick, 23; his father, Robert Ristick, 42; Miller Stevens, 32; and his brother, Stanley Stevens, 28. All four men pleaded guilty to conspiracy for selling used cars after tampering with odometers.

U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton will sentence the men Jan. 27.

Prosecutors said they would recommend no more than two years in prison. The defendants will collectively pay $100,000 toward restitution.

The Risticks admitted to $144,000 in fraud losses; the Stevens admitted to $156,000 in fraud losses, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The men – operating under the names One Stop Auto and RSV Auto – bought high mileage vehicles from used car dealers and private sellers in Washington and Oregon, rolled the odometers back and sold them to unsuspecting consumers.

Seattle police, the Department of Transportation and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation worked these cases.

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