A Mission Viejo man has been sentenced to 45 days in jail for operating a used car dealership in Santa Ana with an expired license and for rolling back odometers, authorities said Monday.
Jerome Arthur Biddle, 58, who pleaded no contest to six counts of unlicensed dealer activities, was also ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution and serve three years of informal probation, Rande King, senior special investigator for the Department of Motor Vehicles, said.
Biddle, who had been scheduled to stand trial this week, reached a settlement with the district attorney's office last Thursday and was sentenced in Orange County Municipal Court the same day, King said.
Biddle, who was arrested March 27, 1985, and Donald Richard Perkins, 31, were accused of operating Perkins Specialty Auto in Santa Ana without a valid dealer's license. They were also accused of selling to unsuspecting buyers used cars on which they had rolled back the mileage on odometers thousands of miles, in some cases in excess of 30,000 miles.