A car salesman in Michigan is being accused of costing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) $8.7 million in a wire fraud scam.
The Department of Justice unsealed charges against 34-year-old Apollon Nimo on Friday, charging the Parkway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram salesman with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud for allegedly orchestrating a seven-year-long scam that involved illegally selling employee discounts to non-qualified car buyers.
Nimo was arrested on Friday and appeared in court before being released on bond. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
According to a release from the DOJ, Nimo “improperly trafficked in, used, and sold” the manufacturer’s employee purchase control numbers (EPCNs) through private Facebook groups from 2014 through the present. Nimo’s use of EPCNs not only provided discounts to non-qualified customers, but also aided him in becoming the top Fiat Chrysler seller in 2018 and 2019.
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