(KTIV) – The previous proprietor of a Denison, Iowa, motor vehicle dealership – who past calendar year pleaded guilty to fraudulent income practices – is suing the Iowa Section of Transportation, saying they are interfering with his ability to get the job done at other dealerships.

In February of 2020, Robert Adams pleaded responsible to a single rely of fraudulent product sales methods similar to his get the job done at his dealership, Adams Motor Organization in Denison.

In Could of 2018, Adams was arrested next an investigation by the Iowa Division of Transportation, just after clients claimed Adams was mishandling dollars they paid out for companies related to car or truck purchases.

Officers reported they identified cash for title transfers, warranty contracts, and defense plans were held by Adams’ dealership and not forwarded to organizations that provide those people providers. The dealership also sold residence with excellent financial loans and then unsuccessful to pay out off lending institutions, ensuing in customers not acquiring a clear title.

Adams was charged with 14 counts of theft, just one depend of fraudulent procedures, and one rely of ongoing legal conduct. Achieving a plea agreement, his remaining costs ended up dropped although Adams was offered a deferred judgment and sentenced to serve three-several years probation and pay a $750 fine.

In March of 2019, Adams commenced performing at the car dealership Edwards of Storm Lake, ahead of becoming selected for Economic Manager coaching at Edwards in January of 2020.

On Dec. 7, 2020, Adams submitted a Petition for Declaratory Judgement and Short term and Lasting Injunctive Aid versus the Iowa DOT. According to those paperwork, as aspect of his probation, Adams was necessary to retain gainful employment through his period of supervision.

Adams statements in court documents that Iowa DOT contacted Edwards administration “to coerce it into terminating Robert’s employment” and the office threatened to revoke the dealership’s license if it continued to hire Adams.

Adams’ work was terminated in early March of 2020.