Owes customers $26,000
for overcharging DMV fees

TOWN OF WESTMORELAND — The former owner and operator of the Auto One Group has been ordered to pay more than $26,000 in restitution to customers that he overcharged.

Matthew Crever, 36, of New Hartford, was sentenced in Town Court Wednesday to 100 hours of community service, three years probation, ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and was also ordered to repay just over $26,000 in restitution, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Crever pleaded guilty in January to two counts of petty larceny and one count of scheme to defraud.

Prosecutors said between 2003 and 2007, Crever overcharged car buyers for registration and document fees at his Auto One Group dealership. Authorities said the state Department of Motor Vehicles requires a registration fee, and then allows dealers to also charge a document fee, but there is a limit to that document fee. Prosecutors said Crever was charging more than the limit on the document fee, and he was also charging more for the registration fee than the DMV required. He then pocketed the overcharge.

Crever was taken into custody in 2010 after an investigation by the state DMV. Authorities said if Crever fails to meet his restitution requirements, he faces up to two years in jail.