by: Jim Strickland Updated:
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland has confirmed state regulators are conducting two separate investigations of a Cherokee County car dealership.
Crystal Cowart showed Strickland the 2007 Pontiac she bought last February. Her April temporary tag just expired. It was the third temporary tag issued by Mitco Auto Sales. They never delivered the title despite a $5,900 cash sale. Cowart cannot register the car without it.
Strickland confirmed with the Georgia Tax Commissioner that it has been happening so much they've complained to the state twice.
"Of course we can't issue the tag, so we have to refer them to different means to go back to the dealership. Unfortunately the dealership has not been as helpful as they need to be," said Deputy Tax Commissioner Kasey Smith.
"I know for sure my money's gone," Cowart said.
Jennifer Maddox was there with sheriff's deputies to file a theft complaint. She's says she's out $3,200.
"He won't answer the phone and he's been promising me money. He's got my car and my money," she said.
She was referring to manager Andy Givens, who showed up while Strickland was there.
"I'm hearing lots of complaints about titles that are not being delivered on time. What do you have to say about it?" Strickland asked Givens.
"I don't have anything to say about it. I have nothing to do with Mitco," Givens said.
"There are several complaints about you, sir, with the tax commissioner's office," Strickland said.
Givens got into his truck and slammed the door.
The county business license office lists the owner as Gus Moroun.
He called Strickland saying this is all being handled by the courts. When asked if he meant bankruptcy court, Moroun hung up.