A Skokie car dealership is suing four individuals and two businesses, alleging a scheme to steal vehicles from its lot and resell them without the dealership's knowledge.
Skokie Motor Sales Inc., which does business as Sherman Dodge, 7601 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, filed suit July 1 in Cook County Circuit Court against Dimitrios Maravelas, Amanda Abdelkoui, R&D Auto Mart, Antonio Doss, LB Auto and Larry Blatt, alleging breach of contract and scheme to defraud among other charges.
According to the complaint, from 2012 to 2014, Maravelas, a used car sales manager, "engaged in a scheme to defraud [Skokie Motor Sales Inc.], steal [its] used automobiles, arrange to have the stolen automobiles sold at or to various automobile auctions, automobile dealerships and individuals in the greater Chicago area, northwest Indiana and Wisconsin, and then share in the proceeds from the sale of the vehicles stolen..." The suit says all the defendants were party to this scheme.
The lawsuit alleges the defendants are guilty of misrepresenting that they held title to the allegedly stolen vehicles and they had been authorized by the plaintiff to sell the vehicles. The defendants also failed to admit the vehicles had been stolen off the Skokie Motor Sales' lot and that they had no authority to sell them, the lawsuit states.
The plaintiff alleges conversion, common law fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, a scheme to defraud, civil conspiracy, unjust enrichment and constructive trust.
Skokie Motor Sales seeks damages in excess of the court's jurisdictional limits, plus costs. It is represented by attorneys Adam M. Berger and Michael M. Fenwick of Molzahn, Rocco, Reed & Rouse in Chicago.
Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2015L006703.