A criminal complaint was unsealed April 30 charging a Macomb Township, MI, man in a wire fraud scheme involving the trafficking in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Employee Purchase Control Numbers (EPCNs), announced Acting U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin.
Mohsin was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Vance Callender of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Michigan and Ohio.
Charged is Apollon Nimo, 34. Nimo made his initial appearance April 30 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony P. Patti and was released on bond. A preliminary exam was set for May 21.
The criminal complaint alleges Nimo, a salesman at Parkway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Clinton Township, MI, improperly trafficked in, used and sold FCA EPCNs to provide discounts to non-qualified car buyers from 2014 through the present. The EPCNs were bought and sold through private Facebook groups.
According to the complaint, it is alleged some, if not most, of the sales conducted by Nimo included fraudulent use of EPCNs resulting in a loss to FCA of approximately $8.7 million.
The complaint further alleges Nimo profited both by selling the illegally obtained EPCNs to buyers and through bonuses FCA provided to him based on the volume of his sales. Nimo had the highest number of EPCN sales nationwide for the time period of May 2018 to August 2018 and January 2019 to March 2019.
“Automobile sales play a major role in our state’s economy,” said Mohsin. “Corruption of the sort alleged in today’s complaint imposes costs...