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Johnson County man found guilty of illegally selling motor vehicles

Release Date: Nov 08, 2019

OLATHE – (November 8, 2019) – A Johnson County man has been found guilty of illegally selling motor vehicles and failing to remit sales taxes owed to the state, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Victor Manuel Molina-Cervantes, 29, yesterday pleaded no contest in Johnson County District Court to one count of selling motor vehicles without a license and one count of violating the Kansas Retailer Sales Tax Act. The case stemmed from an investigation by the Office of Special Investigations of the Kansas Department of Revenue, which revealed that between September 2017 and May 2018, Molina-Cervantes was illegally selling motor vehicles without a license out of a now-defunct business named V&P Auto Sales in Merriam and failing to remit the taxes owed to the State of Kansas on those sales.

This is the 18th conviction resulting from an agreement announced in March 2018 between the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Revenue. Under the agreement, the attorney general’s office, in cooperation with local prosecutors, assumed responsibility for the prosecution of cases of tax fraud and related crimes investigated by the Department of Revenue in efforts to strengthen the state’s enforcement efforts for these types of crimes.

District Judge Sara Welch took the plea and sentenced Molina-Cervantes to pay a $10,000 fine and $919.07 in restitution to the Kansas Department of Revenue. He also will serve 12 months probation with an underlying term of incarceration of 90 days in the county jail. During the term of his sentence, he is prohibited from being involved in the sale of motor vehicles.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jon Noble of Schmidt’s office.  

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