Weekly Feature

2017-11-09 / Local News

Lancaster man sells cars illegally

Richard Giza, 63, of Lancaster, has pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case to grand larceny in the second degree, forgery in the second degree, insurance fraud in the third degree, falsifying business records in the first degree and scheme to defraud in the first degree for illegally operating at least two car dealerships.

According to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn, Giza admitted that as operator of KPS Cars in Buffalo and Premier Motocar in Williamsville, he accepted payment for vehicles and never transferred the titles or filed the proper paperwork to the purchasers from May 2010 to May 2016.

Giza further admitted that he falsified New York State Department of Motor Vehicles forms by failing to indicate he was selling cars, in order to avoid detection by the DMV.

He also admitted to filing false insurance applications, which overstated business assets, and forging documents such as lien releases from various creditors.

Giza stole a total of $122,190.45 in the form of sales tax collected in connection with the sale of vehicles that he failed to forward to the proper authorities.

He faces mandatory state prison time with a maximum term of 15 years when he is sentenced by Judge Case at 2 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2018.

Flynn commended the investigative work of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, New York State Police and the New York State Department of Financial Services, Criminal Investigation Unit.

“This defendant engineered a scheme that he used to fraudulently enrich himself by ripping off innocent consumers and cheating honest taxpayers,” said Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo.

“The Department of Financial Services appreciates the opportunity to have worked on this case with the office of District Attorney Flynn and our other law enforcement partners.”

Assistant District Attorneys Gary M. Ertel and Rachel Kranitz McPhee in the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau prosecuted the case.

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