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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 with 11 Comments »
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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  1. whatthehell says:

    im about sto sell my van dcan you tell us how they did it

  2. GeronimoV says:

    Be careful this clan of grifters don’t make a sap of you!

  3. JessicaW71970 says:

    I’m wondering, is this the same Ristick family that bilked the state out of welfare money? All the while living in a very nice home and driving luxury vehicles?

  4. This is the same clan that bilked Welfare. They did it by purchasing Newer vehicles with high miles. They then took the cluster out of the vehicle and gave it to an unscupulous odometer repair shop. The shop used software to turn the odometer back They also used Carfax to check if the mileage had been previously recorded. In the indictment they were charged with 75 vehicles only. There are more than 350 vehicles that can be attributed to the group and that is very conservative

  5. JessicaW71970 says:

    Nice to know they are up to the same crap as before…… you would think they would have found themselves some scrouples and not passed it along to their families…. Is it the same group that used to run Stevens Motors as well???

  6. Don’t know about Stevens motors. Do you have any names?

  7. The Steves, Stevens and Ristiks are all part of the local ‘Gypsy’ or Romani clan that have been around here for over 40 years. One of the elder patriarchs, MIller Stevens, (related to, but not the one named in this article – all their names are derivatives of each other) used to liken himself to Don Corleone (Marlon Brando’s character in the God Father movie) and even had a large portrait of himself dressed like his ‘idol’ in his home on Pacific Avenue’. Their illegal and criminal offenses are widespread and well known by police authorities. Car sales have always been one of their major scams (and covers) along with insurance fraud, and shoplifting. No surprises to learn they’re still at it.

  8. GeronimoV says:

    It’s not really fair to use the “gypsy” or Romani tag on this family of crooks, regardless of their ethnicity. Crumbs can come in all races and from all backgrounds; this bunch has just been raise for many generations to lie, cheat, con and steal as a way of life. You could almost say they don’t know any better.

  9. Would these Risticks be a relative of Lee Ristick ? Says he’s 22 yrs old — We are thinking of purchasing and RV trailer from him…… He didn’t have the title when we were supposed to meet at DMV- Said he lost it.// now trying to get the original owner to sign an affidavit in lieu of title…… Not sure if I trust him.. RV’s are out at 267th in Spanaway – and he says he runs Western Auto Sales with his brother

  10. Doug,interesting, can you give me the year and model of RV that you were attempting to purchase
    Thank you!

  11. Doug, I wouldn’t do it. It is one of the local clan names and they make a lot of money with vehicle fraud. We just had them staying where I work, they live in puyallup and Sumner and are with the larger Stevens and George clan. I’m desperately trying to get management to stop allowing them.

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