Used car salesman arrested on 19 misdemeanors
After being charged with more than a dozen misdemeanors earlier this year, a former Utah used car salesman was arrested this week for allegedly failing to give vehicle titles to customers after they bought cars from him.
Four separate arrest warrants filed between March and May charge Joseph Andrew Heath, the former owner of Speedway Auto Center in Midvale, with 19 counts of failure to deliver a certificate of title or origin, all class A misdemeanors.
Charging documents state that between December 2011 and February 2012, Heath, 40, failed to transfer the proper paperwork to customers who bought cars from the now-shuttered business, preventing them from getting license plates after their temporary tags expired. Some customers told investigators from the state's Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division that Heath wouldn't return their phone calls requesting their titles. Others reported driving by the dealership only to find that the business was closed.
Court records indicate Heath was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Tuesday. He is scheduled to enter a plea to the charges on Friday.