Thursday, 11 May 2017 22:36

Former Owner of Local Body Shop Pleads No Contest

Written by Bradley Massman, Huron Daily Tribune Staff Writer

The former owner of Russ’s Body Shop in Bad Axe, MI has pleaded no contest to charges stemming from illegal operations that occurred within the business last year.

Russell C. Dunn, of Harbor Beach, was re-arraigned this week in Huron County Circuit Court. The 38-year-old was originally charged, in two separate files, with concealing or misrepresenting the identity of a motor vehicle, false pretenses over $1,000 but less than $20,000, and two counts of no registration for a repair facility.

 

In Judge Gerald M. Prill’s courtroom, Dunn — who is being represented by Bad Axe-based attorney Andrew Lockard — accepted a plea agreement during the hearing. Per the agreement, he pleaded no contest to the concealing or misrepresenting charge as well as one count of the no registration for a repair facility.

 

In exchange, the remaining charges were dismissed, as was his Huron County District Court file. Also part of the agreement, Dunn must pay restitution in the amount to be determined.

 

The Harbor Beach-based body shop first went under scrutiny last August when the Secretary of State served a cease and desist order against the business. It was reported the business was operating without proper registration for two years after it expired in November 2014.

 

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office started investigating after receiving tips from a citizen about suspicious activity.

 

It was reported that Dunn swapped VIN numbers from one vehicle and replaced the VIN numbers with another vehicle. The incidents happened between March 8 and August 8, 2016, according to police reports. Reports also indicate vehicles were being scrapped that Dunn didn’t have titles for, which is believed to have happened June 17, 2016.

 

Dunn is scheduled to appear for sentencing on July 10. As of May 6, Dunn remains free on bond.

 

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