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Ohio Dealer Investigated for Alleged Illegal Sales

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The owner of a truck and RV store in Port Clinton, Ohio, who was indicted in Ottawa County for selling vehicles without titles is being investigated for the same allegations in another Ohio county.

The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office has announced an investigation involving the Tom’s Toys owner for alleged illegal sales of vehicles.

This story by Craig Shoup originally appeared in the Port Clinton News Herald.

According to a press release, the agency is investigating Thomas Owens, 42, of Marblehead, for allegedly selling RVs and failing to provide titles to the owners. The report notes that reports are from purchases in July and August this year.

Owens, who has Tom’s Toys locations in Lancaster and at 250 SE Catawba Rd. in Port Clinton, Ohio, is charged in connection with selling RVs without titles at the Port Clinton site, according to Ottawa County Prosecutor James VanEerten.

Owens was indicted last month on 15 felony counts including theft, grand theft, grand theft of a motor vehicle, and prohibited acts involving certificates of titles.

A jury trial has been scheduled for Owens for Jan. 16 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Owens and his Port Clinton business are being sued by a couple from Oklahoma, who filed a civil lawsuit Nov. 3 claiming Owens sold them a used RV when it was listed as brand new as part of a trade-in deal where the family would trade in an RV valued at $28,000 towards the purchase of a 2017 Voltage Model 3970VT.

In a 27-page lawsuit filed by David and Jessica Hemphill of Coal Gate, Oklahoma, the two said there were damages to the vehicle and water leaks when the RV was delivered to them.

The couple is seeking $25,000 in the lawsuit for breach of contract and an additional $25,000 for fraudulent conduct.

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