Guilty plea, convicting customers in fraud cases at Michigan, California dealership

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Hendrickson said he was working with another party identified only as “person A”. This accomplice provided Hendrickson with the Social Security number of a victim whose name “closely resembled the defendant’s,” according to the plea agreement.

Hendrickson said he used the stolen Social Security number to get a $21,658 loan for a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Dec. 30, 2019, and a $26,267.64 loan for a 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel on Jan. 9, 2020. transactions involved a Michigan Stellantis dealership about an hour northwest of Detroit and lender Case Credit Union, according to the plea agreement.

On January 10, 2020, Hendrickson borrowed $36,468.70 from PNC Bank for a 2018 Dodge Charger from independent retailer Automania in a suburb bordering Detroit.

“After obtaining the vehicles described above, Defendant and Person A either retained possession of the vehicles, sold or gave them to others, or otherwise fraudulently disposed of them, the statement reads. plea agreement signed by Hendrickson.

Hendrickson is scheduled to be sentenced on June 29. His attorney Haralambos Mihas of Smith Mihas declined to comment on April 8.

The initial federal complaint dated August 13, 2021 also alleged that Hendrickson used fraud to acquire a 2019 Dodge Charger from Extreme Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram in Jackson, Michigan, an hour west of Detroit, on January 13, 2020, with a $31,186 loan from Citizens Bank.

The March 15 plea agreement signed by Hendrickson and the government said the vehicle was a 2019 Honda CRF 450 motorcycle, but Extreme managing director Mark Trudell said Automotive News it was a Charger with Scat Pack trim.

Trudell said luckily for his dealer Hendrickson “never turned off the GPS.” Authorities used this technology to trace the two chargers to an address in Flint, Michigan.

Trudell said his dealer was able to restore the vehicle to good condition. “Nothing had been done yet,” he said.

Authorities said lenders had not received any payment on any of the 15 vehicles financed by Henderson through the loans he fraudulently obtained.

Trudell said the charger was a chargeback and the dealer’s insurer refused to cover the cost, causing him to work “double hard” to find the vehicle.

Trudell said the insurer argued the dealership should have spotted the fraud through Hendrickson’s identification. However, he said it seemed legit. Extreme has since switched carriers, he said.

“You do your best,” Trudell said. The dealer spoke about the subject internally after the incident, but in hindsight there might have been a red flag or two nothing was glaring at the time of the transaction, he said.

“The guy was pretty clean on everything,” Trudell said.

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