BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General
Maura Healey announced Dec. 7 that Auto Number One Inc. and its owner Mark
Hanna will cease operations and pay restitution for allegedly selling unsafe
and unreliable cars, failing to make repairs that were promised or required
under warranties,and operating in unlicensed locations.
“This dealership scammed
hard-working Massachusetts residents who were looking for a good deal and sold
vehicles that put consumers’ lives, families and others at
risk,” Healey said. “Not only were these
vehicles dangerous, many of the drivers were left with unreliable or unusable
cars and significant debt.”
Auto Number One must stop all operations in the state of
Massachusetts as per the settlement agreement. Additionally, the company and
Hanna must pay $25,000 in restitution to consumers. An $85,000 penalty
against the defendants will be suspended so long as they comply with the terms
of the consent judgment.
Handling the case for Massachusetts were assistant attorney general Ann E. Lynch and paralegal Sharon Coles of Healey’s
Western Massachusetts Regional Office, and investigator Anthony Crespi in the the attorney general's Boston Office.