CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two men each face up to 30 years in prison after allegedly taking part in a scheme to misuse a car company’s warranty extension program.

Frank Russo, 68, of North Carolina, and Kevin Fluharty, 58, of West Virginia, were charged on nine counts of wire and mail fraud relating to the scheme, which cost the company $4.3 million.

The men allegedly misused the extension program, which offered to repurchase certain defective trucks for 150% of their value, by buying the trucks at an auction from a Kentucky car dealership and using obtained driver’s licenses to falsely title the vehicles and induce the car company to repurchase the cars.

Russo and Fluharty allegedly ran 350 trucks through the scheme between 2013 and 2015.

Moses Auto Group released the following statement Saturday, Sept. 7.

Moses Auto Group had no involvement in the activity alleged in the recent indictment
relating to the Toyota dealership in St. Albans, West Virginia. Moses Auto Group
purchased the dealership in March 2016. The actions alleged in the indictment took
place between January 2013 and October 2015, prior to Moses Auto Group’s ownership
of the dealership. Moses Auto Group and the Moses Family have been committed to serving our
customers and community with honesty and excellence for over 70 years.

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