Miller wants subpoenas enforced

Keith Loria Dec. 6, 2010, 2:12pm


DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced on Friday that he has asked the court to enforce civil subpoenas against an auto business owner and his assistant who may have violated state laws.

Washington Boulevard Auto Rebuilders, its owner James Shores and his assistant Melissa Reuter allegedly failed to respond to numerous civil subpoenas issued by Miller's office concerning sales of used vehicles and loans made.

Miller alleges that their actions may have violated the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act and the Iowa Consumer Credit Code, but he needs the required documents to look into the matter.

In his application to the court, Miller is asking the court to order Shores, Reuter and the business to fully comply with the subpoenas by providing all required responses.

He also wants Washington Boulevard Auto Rebuilders to be enjoined from doing any business in the state until such action is carried out.

Miller alleges that those named in the subpoena may have sold motor vehicles without a license in the state and that they didn't disclose this information to their customers.

He also alleges that the business may have imposed unlawfully high interest rates in auto and personal loans and by engaging in unfair debt collection practices.

Whether further action - such as filing civil penalties against them - is warranted will be decided once Miller receives the information he is requesting.

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