YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing Reinthaler’s Auto Village Inc. and owner Joseph Reinthaler for failing to deliver motor vehicle titles to consumers.
Dozens of customers have filed complaints against the Canfield business, with many saying they failed to receive a title after buying a vehicle from the dealership. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office assisted them, in some cases making payments from the Title Defect Rescission Fund. To date, approximately $180,000 has been paid from the fund to help resolve Reinthaler’s Auto Village complaints.
The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for consumers and for the Title Defect Rescission Fund, according to a news release from DeWine’s office.
“We have an obligation to protect consumers and to enforce the law,” DeWine said. “In this case, we helped resolve consumers’ complaints, and now we’re seeking restitution.”
In the lawsuit, filed in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, the Attorney General accuses Reinthaler’s Auto Village and Joseph Reinthaler of violating Ohio’s Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title Act and seeks an end to any further violations of the law, reimbursement and civil penalties.
A copy of the lawsuit is available on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.
In a separate case involving related activity, Reinthaler has pleaded guilty to multiple criminal charges in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.