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Auto Dealership Fined $3 Million For Deceptive Sales Practices: DCA

Jan. 28, 2019 By Christian Murray

A Long Island City-based auto dealership has been fined more than $3 million for deceiving many of its customers, according to the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Major World, based at 43-40 Northern Blvd., was fined for using illegal practices to profit from low-income and immigrant consumers, the city agency said.

The company also reached a separate settlement with some of its past customers.

The decision, issued by the City’s Office of Administration Trials and Hearings, found Major World guilty of unlawful activity, including falsifying customers’ income and monthly rent obligations on credit applications.

Major World also reached a settlement with 40 consumers. It agreed to pay nearly $142,000 in restitution and $68,000 to cover outstanding loans incurred as a result of the dealership’s actions.

“We are pleased that the judge recognized Major World’s egregious conduct and ordered that they pay a multi-million dollar fine,” said DCA Commissioner Lorelei Salas.

Major World refutes the City’s findings.

“The findings that constitute the vast majority of the fines are based on an incorrect interpretation of the law,” said Eric Keltz, an attorney for the dealership. Furthermore, “the consumer related charges were based upon less than one-tenth of one percent of the customers served by Major World during the relevant period.”

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Get Rid of The Theives

Now I hope they can’t afford those horrible commercials on TV! They should be kicked out so the community can build the housing and schools it needs on the north side of the LIRR tracks, the south side is spilling over!

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Gee

It took them this long? This place has been a scam taking advantage of working class people since the 90s.

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JH resident

The working class people you’re referring to should learn common sense and basic money management so they don’t get scammed…but of course, everyone wants something for what seems to cost nothing.

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