Former Topeka car dealer banned from business in Kansas after failing to donate to police memorial fund
Luke Ranker lrankerNEWS
The Kansas attorney general’s office said Thursday a former Topeka car dealer found in violation of Kansas consumer protection laws has been banned from doing business in the state.
Justin Bogina, of Tecumseh, and his Topeka business, Auto Acceptance Center Corp., must also pay more than $25,000 to consumers, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a release.
Accusations against Bogina stemmed from his failure to donate profits to the memorial fund established for Topeka Police Cpl. Jason E. Harwood, who was killed in the line of duty on September 7, 2014.
Shortly after Harwood’s death Bogina advertised he would donate $100 per vehicle sold during a specific time period to the fund. Sales for the purpose of making donations were never tracked, the attorney general’s office said, and Bogina didn’t make a donation until April 2016 — after an investigation was launched.
Schmidt filed a lawsuit in November against Bogina and his company alleging multiple violations of the state’s consumer protection law over several years. Shawnee County District Court Chief Judge Evelyn Wilson issued a temporary restraining that month, but Bogina failed to respond to the lawsuit. District Judge Franklin Theis entered the default judgment last week.
The lawsuit also claimed Bogina’s company represented the sale of vehicles to be “as-is,” took possession of a trade-in vehicle without paying the proper balance due, and sold vehicles to customers without providing certificates of title, all in violation of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
The attorney general’s office ordered Bogina to pay restitution in the amount of $25,775.89 to four consumers, as well as pay a civil penalty and reimburse the attorney general’s office for the cost of its investigation.
Harwood was shot in 2014 when one of the occupants of a car he pulled over near 6th and Deer Creek Parkway opened fire on the officer.
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