HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney
General Kathleen G. Kane has announced her office filed a civil lawsuit
against Theodore J. Sopko of Dauphin County for allegedly advertising the sale
of more than 30 vehicles throughout the past year without having the proper
The lawsuit seeks a court order that would ban Sopko from
selling vehicles without proper licensing and recover restitution for consumers
allegedly victimized by Sopko’s deceptive practices. It seeks $1,000 for every
alleged violation of the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and
$3,000 for every alleged violation involving a consumer 60 or older.
Sopko, of Hershey, "has shown a remarkable
unwillingness, inability or recalcitrance to running an automobile business in
a lawful manner in the commonwealth,” the lawsuit states.
Sopko allegedly called himself a vehicle “broker,” which is
a practice that is illegal under Pennsylvania law. Sopko advertised his
vehicles on the Internet. However, the commonwealth charges he was not licensed as either a dealer or a
salesman at any of the locations at which he conducted transactions.
Deputy attorney general Michael J. Rugnetta of the Office of
Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection is handling the case.
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