Used car dealer and manager plead innocent

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2002

JUNEAU - A former consignment used-car dealer and his former sales manager pleaded innocent to federal charges alleging they swindled their customers.

The two were arraigned today in U.S. District Court in Juneau.

Curtis McQueen, owner of the defunct McQueen Motors on Glacier Highway, is charged with 13 counts of mail and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, all federal offenses.

Kenneth Hill, former sales manager for McQueen, is charged with eight counts of mail and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy.

The men are accused of devising a scheme to defraud consignment customers by selling vehicles for one price, then reporting a lower number to the customer and pocketing the difference.

According to the indictment, McQueen and Hill defrauded at least 14 people of a total of about $130,000.

Each man faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.

Federal Magistrate Philip Pallenberg set bail for McQueen at $10,000 and released Hill on his own recognizance.

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