Coakley says car dealers in contempt

Bryan Cohen Nov. 14, 2011, 2:46pm


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Monday that her office is bringing contempt of court charges against the former owners of an Auburn car dealership for allegedly selling cars again.

Darryl and Brenda Rivernider of Oxford are the former owners of Riverside Mitsubishi. They were banned from selling cars in Massachusetts in 2005. They agreed to those terms to settle charges that they "routinely lured customers into purchasing cars with false promises of paying-off balances and sweetheart refinancing deals," the Boston Globe reports.

The couple, however, allegedly either delayed paying off the loan on the trade-ins or didn't pay them at all. The couple also allegedly reneged on their financing promises.

"This is an egregious example of defendants ignoring a court order," Coakley said, according to the Boston Globe. "We have initiated this contempt proceeding to protect consumers and to recover monies owed to the commonwealth."

The Riverniders allegedly sold at least five cars in August and September, going through middlemen, including their own son.

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