Scheme To Fool Pickup Customers

Investigators uncover a scheme to sell salvaged vehicles to unsuspecting customers.

Fact Finders was there when state troopers tried to arrest the owner of Cook's Auto on the east side of Norfolk,Nebraska. He wasn't there but a warrant for his arrest was issued in Madison county.

Cook is accused of rebuilding damaged trucks and changing serial numbers to get clean titles. Investigators said often two damaged pickups are rebuilt into one but selling the rebuilt vehicle without a salvage title.

The arrest affidavit obtained by Fact Finders alleged, "Cook was involved in a scheme in which he bought multiple Dodge pickups usually damaged. Cook had the vehicles disassembled and rebuilt,removing serial numbers for one vehicle and gluing them on another. Cook then provided false information to the Madison County Treasurer to obtain clean original Nebraska titles." That would allow sales for thousands of dollars more than the vehicles are worth and buyers wouldn't know they had salvaged vehicles.

The affidavit said, "Trevor Cook made seven separate title applications representing seven vehicles as original instead of assembled.
Investigators seized two of at least seven rebuilt trucks.

Cook's attorney David Domina tells Fact Finders if Cook broke the law-- it's on a technicality not the spirit of the law. Domina claims his client was acting within acceptable practices of the vehicle rebuilding industry and wasn't defrauding any customers.

Cook turned himself in to face three charges relating to the alleged vehicle rebuilding scheme and title fraud.


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