Airman Obtains $20K in Car Dealership Fraud Claim with Pro Bono Legal Help
An Air Force servicemember purchased a vehicle from a car dealership with a loan of over $15,000. However, he never received possession of the vehicle. The servicemember continued to make monthly payments even though he did not have the vehicle. The car dealership was being investigated for multiple fraud cases against servicemembers, and its dealer license had been revoked. Meanwhile, the airman was at risk of his vehicle loan being turned into a personal loan at any time which would increase the interest rate significantly. Therefore, the servicemember needed help to quickly obtain a judgment against the dealership in order to pursue recovery. Within one week of referral from the airman’s military attorney, the ABA Military Pro Bono Project was able to place him with an experienced pro bono attorney in his jurisdiction. The servicemember’s volunteer attorney was able to file a complaint against the dealership, make necessary efforts to serve the complaint on the defendant and ultimately secure a default judgment in the servicemember’s favor for $20,000. Finally, because the dealership was no longer in business, the attorney was able to obtain this compensation for the airmen from a state recovery fund for fraud victims. The servicemember has since received $20,000 in satisfaction of his claims against the dealership and can return to his military duties with this financial burden behind him.