DMV: My Maine Ride owner will not fight 6-month suspension

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BANGOR — The owner of My Maine Ride will not contest the 180-day suspension of his license to sell cars, according to Patty Morneault, head of the Maine Department of Motor Vehicles.

The suspension will go into effect March 1.

Glenn A. Geiser Jr., 48, of Brewer, who owns the My Maine Ride dealership in Bangor, was fighting the six-month suspension issued to him by Garry R. Hinkley, director of the secretary of state’s vehicle services division, on Dec. 20, according to a previously published report. It was to go into effect on Jan. 6, but Geiser sought a review.

Geiser and his attorney, Joseph Baldacci of Bangor, appeared Feb. 10 for a hearing scheduled before Joanne Baumrind of the secretary of state’s office at the DMV office at the Airport Mall. That hearing was continued until Wednesday, Feb. 26, so Baldacci could review more discovery material.

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That hearing has been cancelled, Morneault said in an email early Thursday.

The secretary of state suspended Geiser’s used car dealer license and his dealer plates because the state determined he was “defrauding a retail buyer to the buyer’s disadvantage,” Hinkley’s letter states. “Specifically, My Maine Ride sold cars with counterfeit inspection stickers.”

Geiser has been charged in Penobscot County with 84 counts of using counterfeit inspection stickers, a Class E crime. In a plea agreement with the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office, Geiser will plead no contest at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 28 of counts of using counterfeit inspection stickers.

The used car dealer, who is not required to appear in court, will pay a fine totaling $7,000, or, $250 per count, plus fees and surcharges, Assistant District Attorney Tracy Collins Lacher said Tuesday in an email. The other charges will be dismissed.

Bangor attorney Eugene Sullivan of Bangor is expected to enter the pleas on Geiser’s behalf.

Geiser faced up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 on each count.

Efforts to reach Baldacci and Sullivan late Wednesday were unsuccessful.

In a separate action, Geiser is being sued by Attorney General Janet T. Mills for alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices. Mills wants a permanent injunction to bar Geiser and any entity in which he has an ownership interest from promoting, selling or financing used cars.

The attorney general’s complaint, filed Jan. 31 against Geiser, alleges that he and his dealerships, Bangor Car Care Inc., Bumper2Bumper Inc. and My Maine Ride, targeted consumers with poor credit who needed financing, pressured them to buy cars that were not roadworthy and did not respond to customer complaints, according to a press release issued Feb. 7 by Mills’ office.

The Consumer Protection Division of Mills’ office has received 86 complaints in the last 13 months about My Maine Ride, 159 complaints about Bumper2Bumper since 2011, and 539 complaints about Bangor Car Care since 2003.

The state is seeking civil penalties, which could run as high as $10,000 for each violation; a permanent injunction to bar Geiser and any entity in which he has an ownership interest from promoting, selling and-or financing used cars and reimbursement of the cost of the litigation, including attorney and expert witness fees.

“Targeting vulnerable people and duping them into buying cars that are not safe not only defrauds the consumer but puts every person traveling our roads at risk,” Mills said in the release. “We intend to put a stop to it.”

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