Former used-car dealership owner faces 68 new charges
Posted at 1:26 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2022
The owner of a former used car dealership in Albert Lea faces 68 misdemeanor charges related to allegations that he failed to send or deliver car titles within the required guidelines and for a period of time, he operated his dealership without a license.
Timothy Brian Mann, 47, faces 21 counts of motor vehicle title – failure to mail/deliver certificate of title within specified time, 21 counts of failure to deliver title certificate to the transferee within 10 business days and 26 counts of selling used vehicles without a used vehicle. automobile dealer license through his company, Mann Motors.
The criminal complaint says a Minnesota State Patrol sergeant received information Feb. 4 that Mann was selling vehicles without a valid used motor vehicle dealer’s license.
Court documents indicate that Mann’s used dealer license was revoked on October 7, 2021, and Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services notified Mann of the revocation by certified mail. Mann reportedly signed acknowledging receipt of the mail on October 12, 2021.
Despite the license revocation, Mann allegedly continued to sell used vehicles, collecting registration fees and sales tax from buyers, prosecutors say.
The complaint says that before his license was revoked, Mann failed to transfer title to four vehicles within 10 business days, as required. One of the buyers purchased a vehicle on March 24, 2021 and the title transfer was not initiated until October 13.
The complaint listed 25 vehicles sold by Mann after its license was revoked, several of which also did not have the titles transferred in a timely manner. The last car was sold in January 2022.
The charges come after Mann in July 2021 pleaded guilty to one count of criminal tax evasion after a The Minnesota State Patrol Trooper received a complaint from Albert Lea’s Driver and Vehicle Services office that he sold a car, then applied to register the car with a price incorrect sales tax and an understated sales tax.
In a search warrant on Mann Motors to Albert Lea in this case, the soldier allegedly found documents during the search which revealed the sale of approximately 156 vehicles with understated sales tax collected. The dealer’s total underreporting of sales tax collected was about $42,700, according to court documents.
Mann appeared on the new charges on Wednesday and is scheduled to appear for a plea hearing on Dec. 5.