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Airman Awarded $20,000 in Car Dealership Fraud Claim with Pro Bono Legal Help

December 30, 2016

An Air Force servicemember purchased a vehicle from a car dealership with a loan of over $15,000 on which he was making regular monthly payments. However, the airman never received possession of the vehicle and he was at risk of his loan being turned into a personal loan at any time which would increase the interest rate significantly. Meanwhile, the car dealership was being investigated for multiple fraud cases against servicemembers and its dealer license had been revoked. 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. Finally, because the dealership was no longer in business, the attorney secured compensation for the airman 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.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. abraham cruz permalink
    January 20, 2017 11:19 pm

    how do I contact someone to help me with my case?

    • January 24, 2017 5:56 pm

      Mr. Cruz,

      Thank you for your reply. The ABA Military Pro Bono Project connects junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel and their families to civilian attorneys who will provide free representation for civil legal issues beyond the scope of services provided by military legal assistance offices. The Project accepts case referrals only from military legal assistance attorneys (JAGs).

      We encourage active-duty servicemembers to contact their legal assistance attorney and he or she will determine whether they are eligible to be referred to the Project. If so, he or she can make a referral on your behalf on the Project website,

      We also encourage you to visit There you can use (1) the Directory of Programs to find a state-by-state guide of legal resources available to military families and veterans, and (2) the Information Center for information about legal rights and responsibilities.

      I hope this helps.

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