The man behind an odometer rollback scam will not spend any time behind bars.
Adame Scott, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of altering an odometer. He was sentenced to one year of home detention plus six years of probation.
Each count of altering an odometer carries a maximum sentence of three years. Judge Jerome Frese sentenced Scott to six years, but suspended five years of the sentence.
Scott sold the vehicles with rolled back odometers at his used car lot, formerly known as Scott’s Auto Sales, in Mishawaka.
Judge Frese said Scott’s seven-year-old son had an impact on the sentencing decision. Scott shares custody of his son but told the court his son lives with him most of the time.
“I know what I did was wrong,” Scott said in court. “I was greedy. I committed these crimes.”
Scott will have to pay restitution to three victims totaling $6420.
One of those victims, Shane Horner, was in the courtroom Tuesday morning for the sentencing.
“I wish they would have been a little harder,” Horner said. “Looked at the victims instead of him a family because everybody here has a family. His actions created a lot of headaches for other families, my family.”
Horner purchased a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina minivan from Scott in 2013. The odometer on the minivan read 125,956 miles. An extensive St. Joseph County Police investigation discovered that the van actually had more than 225,000 miles on it.
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Horner will get $800 in restitution.
The Indiana Secretary of State also took action against Scott by fining him $25,000 and revoking the dealership license.