April 29, 2014
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced that he has obtained a preliminary injunction in Jackson County Circuit Court against the owners of Clark's Automotive, Amado and Alfredo Navarro. Koster's office showed that Clark's advertised and sold stolen vehicles to Missouri consumers and that it resold vehicles with active liens for scrap metal, defrauding the vehicles' creditors.
The preliminary injunction order prevents Clark's from selling, advertising, or transferring motor vehicles within Missouri. It also prevents Clark's from disposing of or selling for scrap metal any motor vehicle.
Koster filed suit against the business owners April 2. In addition to the injunction, Koster is seeking restitution for consumers, civil penalties and court costs.
"Automobiles are among the most expensive purchases for any consumer," Koster said. "My office stands ready to protect Missourians from fraudulent dealers selling stolen vehicles."
Koster said there are steps that consumers can take before buying previously owned vehicles to make sure the sale is legitimate, that they receive the proper documents, and that they are purchasing a reliable vehicle. Steps include:
Koster said any consumer who did business with Clark's Automotive and has a concern can file a complaint with office at 800-392-8222 or online.
The investigation and lawsuit against Clark's Automotive was the result of a joint effort by the Missouri Attorney General's Office, the Kansas City Police Department, the Missouri Department of Revenue, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.