CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY)- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey asked the court to shut down a used vehicle dealership after its owner refused to comply with a subpoena.
The Attorney General’s Office subpoenaed Emuil M. Byard, Jr., owner and operator of JB Rebuilt Auto Sales, following a consumer complaint alleging the consumer’s vehicle was repossessed without proper notice.
“Businesses must respect our state’s consumer protection laws and comply with any lawful subpoena,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “A vehicle is one of the largest and most important purchases consumers can make and they should not have their vehicle unlawfully ripped away without notice.”
The petition states the Hancock County car dealer admitted to investigators that he did not give some customers a 10-day notice required by state law. Instead, the petition alleges Byard told investigators he requires “buy here, pay here” consumers to sign an agreement stating his company can repossess a vehicle when a payment is five days late.
The Attorney General believes JB Rebuilt Auto Sales of Chester may have violated state law and is refusing to turn over information relevant to his investigation based on the consumer’s complaint and Byard’s response.
The Attorney General seeks enforcement of the subpoena and requests the court prohibit JB Rebuilt Auto Sales from selling motor vehicles until Byard complies with the subpoena.