CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1989 |
Search warrants were served over the weekend in an investigation of a sophisticated pickup truck odometer-tampering operation that state officials say defrauded 400 Southern California customers and 44 used car dealers out of $500,000. The case, which involves accusations of "odometer-spinning" in Los Angeles County and at least four other Western states, is the largest of its type in Southern California in years, according to state Department of Motor Vehicles officials. "Spinning" or "rolling" odometers refers to the illegal practice of tampering with car dials that show the number of miles a vehicle is driven.