INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT) – Attorney General Curtis Hill filed lawsuits last week against two people who ignored prior orders to stop operating as unlicensed car dealers.
Under Indiana law, all car dealers must obtain a dealer license from the Indiana Secretary of State.
If you sell or advertise for sale at least 12 motor vehicles within a 12-month period, the law defines you as a dealer.
“These laws exist to protect Hoosier consumers,” Attorney General Hill said, “and my office works daily to ensure that such laws are enforced.”
Both defendants in the lawsuits conduct business primarily in the Indianapolis area.
According to Attorney General Hill, Scott Keen allegedly sold hundreds of vehicles in the past year by advertising on Facebook and using the slogan, “Cash is Keen.”
Since sending out a cease-and-desist order on April 8, the attorney general’s office said Keen has posted advertisements for over 75 vehicles.
Keith Williams previously worked for Wheels of Fortune, an entity with no dealer license, according to the attorney general’s office. He then allegedly engaged in numerous unlicensed sales under the business name EZ Auto Sales.
In March, the attorney general obtained a judgment against Williams preventing him from selling any vehicle that wasn’t his personal vehicle titled in his own name.
Since then, Williams has advertised over 15 vehicles for sale on Facebook.
If you’ve purchased vehicles from Keen or Williams, you can report the sales by calling 1-800-382-5516.
(This story was originally published on July 23, 2019)