U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Vermont
District of Vermont
For Immediate Release
May 17, 2013
Tristram Coffin, United States Attorney
Contact: Public Information Officer
Wolcott Used Car Dealer Doug Jordan Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud/Firearms Charges
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Douglas Jordan, 40, of Wolcott, pleaded not guilty yesterday in United States District Court in Burlington to fraud and firearms charges. U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy released Jordan on conditions pending trial, which has not been scheduled.
On April 29, 2013, a federal grand jury in Burlington returned a three–count indictment against Jordan, a used car dealer who does business under the name Auto Credit Solutions. According to the indictment, Jordan bought high–mileage used cars at auctions in Vermont and then resold them. The indictment alleges that Jordan defrauded customers by concealing malfunctions in various safety and operating systems on vehicles he was selling. Jordan is charged with causing the removal or disabling of warning lights for anti–lock brake, air bag and check engine warning systems. This allegedly enabled him to resell the vehicles for more than their fair market value. In one instance, Jordan is also accused of tampering with the odometer on a pick–up truck, by rolling the mechanical odometer back 100,000 miles. Finally, the indictment accuses Jordan of being a felon–in–possession of firearms uncovered during a courtordered search of his home and place of business in April 2012. Jordan is prohibited from possessing firearms because he has a felony drug conviction from Massachusetts.
The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charges in the indictment are merely accusations and that Jordan is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.
If convicted, Jordan faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. The actual sentence would be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines.
This case was investigated by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Jordan is represented by the Office of the Federal Public Defender. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.