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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 3, 2010

Miller Asks Judge to Order Clinton County Auto Business Owner and Manager to Respond to Subpoena

(DES MOINES, Iowa)  Attorney General Tom Miller today filed an application to enforce civil subpoenas issued against a Camanche, Iowa resident and his assistant, who are both under investigation regarding their sales of used vehicles and making of personal and auto purchase loans to consumers.

In documents filed in Polk County District Court, the Consumer Protection Division alleges that James Shores of Camanche, Melissa Reuter of Clinton, and Shores’ business, Washington Boulevard Auto Rebuilders, violated the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act and the Iowa Consumer Credit Code by failing to fully respond to several civil investigative subpoenas issued to them by the Attorney General.

Miller asks the court to order Shores, Reuter and Washington Boulevard Auto Rebuilders to fully comply with the subpoenas by providing all required responses and to be enjoined from doing any business in Iowa unless and until they fully respond.

The application states that Miller is investigating whether Shores, his business and Reuter violated the Iowa Consumer Credit Code and the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act by selling motor vehicles without a license, by holding itself out to consumers as a licensed dealer, by failing to disclose to consumers who purchased vehicles that the business was not lawfully licensed to sell motor vehicles in Iowa, by making loans without filing notification with the Attorney General, by imposing unlawfully high interest rates in auto and personal loans and by engaging in unfair debt collection practices.

Miller noted that, at this point, his office is not alleging that Shores, Reuter or Shores’ business violated Iowa law, other than concerning the alleged failure to fully respond to the civil subpoenas.  He said that filing civil lawsuits against them remains a possibility upon completion of his office’s investigation.

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