As many as 70 allegations of fraud leveled against a Canadian dealership, involving property worth more than $1 million, are under investigation on Vancouver Island.
The Canadian Press reported that the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment has issued a release indicating all the fraud complaints involve South West RV and Sport Ltd., a vehicle dealership with operations in Sidney, Chemainus and Duncan.
RCMP said details of the alleged frauds can’t be released because of the ongoing investigation but police have posted a tip line on their website so other complainants or witnesses can come forward.
On July 15, the Registrar of Motor Dealers issued a “freeze order” on all the assets of South West RV and Sport and suspended the salesperson license of the company’s dealer principal, Kersti Clark.
That action followed complaints that began in March involving consigned recreation vehicles.
According to officials with the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of B.C., owners of the RVs alleged their property had been sold, on consignment, by the dealership but the owners had trouble tracking their vehicles or their money.