Flint Man Driving Up Used Car Shortage With Dealership Fraud


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15 vehicles were taken off the market by this fraudster.

A Michigan man is in deep with the federal government as he allegedly used a stolen identity to defraud several dealerships in the state. A total of 15 vehicles, with an estimated worth of $201k were involved in the scheme. So if you’ve been car shopping lately and noticed the lots are pretty thin, this guy is seriously not helping the problem.

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Eddie E. Hendrickson bought a 2018 Dodge Charger with a stolen social security number, and never made a payment on his $36,468.70 loan. This was the fifth loan he got like this, and there were 8 more opened after. In all, a total of 15 loans would be opened form nine different dealerships, totaling $201,080.12.

•Two 2020 Polaris Sportsman 570 ATVs from Shiawassee Sports Center in Birch Run: $17,563.08

•2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Champion Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM: $21,658

•Two 2020 Polaris Outlaw ATVs from Shiawassee Sports Center: $7,439.88

•2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Rebel from Champion Chrysler: $26,267.64

•2019 Dodge Charger from Extreme Dodge: $36,186

•Two 2019 Honda ATVs on a credit card that was issued at Genthe Power Sport in Southgate. He also bought a 2019 Honda motorcycle via a Honda Finance credit application: $17,637.32

•2019 Honda motorcycle from Bay Cycle Sales in Bangor Township: $12,459.04

•2019 Honda motorcycle from Nord-Ride Motorsports in Mt. Morris: $4,400

Two of the cars were tracked to a Flint address, where a man at the location said he was storing them for Hendrickson. When he was finally caught, he was charged with identity theft, aggravated identity theft, and bank fraud. He faces a total sentence nearing 50 years in prison on the combined charges.

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