Shop Owner Faces Charges For Odometer Rollback Scheme

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April 6, 2021—An auto repair shop owner faces several charges after detectives uncovered an odometer rollback scheme and the illegal selling of vehicles, WPRI reported. 

Pablo Beato, the owner of P.B. Auto Repair in Providence, R.I., allegedly sold a car “under the guide of being a licensed used car dealer,” even though he nor his business are licensed in Rhode Island to sell vehicles.

Police discovered 50 vehicles that were advertised for sale on Facebook Marketplace by Beato and two others, all of which had rolled back odometers and fraudulent registration paperwork. As a result, investigators seized 17 vehicles from Beato’s home and business.

Beato’s charges include tampering with odometers, forgery, counterfeiting and making a false statement to fraudulently obtain a vehicle registration, the report said. 

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