Mankato ATV dealer accused of keeping...

Mankato ATV dealer accused of keeping customers' money earmarked for warranties

There are 19 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Oct 11, 2010, titled Mankato ATV dealer accused of keeping customers' money earmarked for warranties. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A Mankato businessman is facing theft by swindle charges for allegedly keeping money he collected for extended warranties.

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Lakecool Fergus Falls

Big Lake, MN

#1 Oct 12, 2010
Is that how our justice system works? This guy commits a crime , his attorney says that he's done nothing illegal and defends him. The attorney knows the guy is guilty but tries to get him off the hook anyway. To me that attorney is just as guilty as his client. And they call that Justice?
Frank N Stein

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Oct 12, 2010
This guy is a Snake in the Grass......
ddd

Willmar, MN

#3 Oct 12, 2010
I have seen this many times, this guy had no intension of sending the warranty forms "unless caught" then it is a "oh, I'm sorry, did I forget" B.S. and if the law thinks he is telling the truth, they are as nuts as this guy.
Times are tough and sales are few and far between, he used the money to cover other bills...BUSTED..........
Roddy

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Oct 12, 2010
That attorney is part of the 99% of all attorneys that make the other 1% look bad. What a testimony that is.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#5 Oct 12, 2010
Every time you turn around you hear about another business owner who is ripping off the public.

Make one wonder if the free enterprise system has out gorwn itself, doesn't it?
Boopsie

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Oct 12, 2010
Me thinks he learned from his separated at birth brother, "Tell them Denny sent you"
satmfs

Clear Lake, MN

#7 Oct 12, 2010
Even when you buy an extended warranty and it's registered, that's no guarantee it will be honored.

I bought a rustproofing package with an extended warranty on a new car. After a couple of years, one of the doors and a side panel started rusting. When I went to submit a claim, I found out the warranty had been sold 3 times, and the company that ended up with it flat out refused to honor it. A call to the AG's office did no good.

I also bought a 3 year extended warranty on a 2 year old car from a dealership that still had a year left on the original manufacturer's warranty that transferred to me. It turned out the remaining 1 year of the original manufacturer warranty was run concurrently with the 3 year extended instead of starting when the original expired. So the 3 year warranty I paid for ended up being a 2 year. Getting them to pay for covered repairs was another story. Again, a call to the AG's office did no good.

Lesson learned: don't take what's written on paper as gospel, ask questions and don't count on an extended warranty being any good much past the first year.
FedUp

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Oct 12, 2010
He learned how to do this from taking Swindle 101 from the Hecker School of Business. Hopefully he'll join his teacher in prison.
Freedom Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Oct 12, 2010
Why can't people figure out that the the mythical Easy Money doens;t exist.
mema

Rushmore, MN

#10 Oct 12, 2010
Frank N Stein wrote:
This guy is a Snake in the Grass......
How do you know that?
mema

Rushmore, MN

#11 Oct 12, 2010
I've done business with this guy. Nothing to do with warranties, but one step into the business and you can tell it's chaos. I was too uneasy about the business setup to let them do any mechanical work.
My guess is that he got too thin on cash to get his business estabished and "borrowed" from the warranty stash.
mema

Rushmore, MN

#12 Oct 12, 2010
ddd wrote:
I have seen this many times, this guy had no intension of sending the warranty forms "unless caught" then it is a "oh, I'm sorry, did I forget" B.S. and if the law thinks he is telling the truth, they are as nuts as this guy.
Times are tough and sales are few and far between, he used the money to cover other bills...BUSTED..........
That's probably exactly what happened!
Marine from Marine

United States

#13 Oct 12, 2010
IrishMN wrote:
Every time you turn around you hear about another business owner who is ripping off the public.
Make one wonder if the free enterprise system has out gorwn itself, doesn't it?
Free enterprise system has outgrown itself? And you would replace it with ???????
Maybe a socialist government controlled society, because God knows, there is no corruption in your Utopian, perfect world government. Keep in mind Capitalism is what made America the country it is today. Let's not burn the country down because of the corrupt actions of a few.
Adam

Blue Bell, PA

#14 Oct 12, 2010
What, 200%+ profit on a sucker bet wasn't enough for him?
Warranty-shmoere nty

Burnsville, MN

#15 Oct 12, 2010
So, if Cletus took your money, but fixed the problem you would have never known he didn't file the paperwork.

He was essentially underwriting his own warranty protection plan.

It's like this, billy-bob, you got yourself a 1 year warranty on this hear ATV of yours. But if you give me $800 right now, I promise to fix any-dang-thang that goes wrong with that there ATV for a year after that. Whatcha say?
Carbon Bigfoot

Eden Prairie, MN

#16 Oct 12, 2010
IrishMN wrote:
Every time you turn around you hear about another business owner who is ripping off the public.
Make one wonder if the free enterprise system has out gorwn itself, doesn't it?
Sure, the communist system did so much good for the USSR...
twins

Montevideo, MN

#17 Oct 12, 2010
Lakecool Fergus Falls wrote:
Is that how our justice system works? This guy commits a crime , his attorney says that he's done nothing illegal and defends him. The attorney knows the guy is guilty but tries to get him off the hook anyway. To me that attorney is just as guilty as his client. And they call that Justice?
That's exactly how it works, where have you been ??
sweeeet

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Oct 12, 2010
Extended warranties are already a total rip off to start with, so these people were naive to have bought one from this clown in the first place, but this guy is clearly a crook.
Do a little research, extended warranties aren't worth it, but every dealer will try to talk you into it, and then when or if you try to make a claim it usually gets refused anyhow.
Constitution

Redondo Beach, CA

#19 Oct 12, 2010
IrishMN wrote:
Every time you turn around you hear about another business owner who is ripping off the public.
Make one wonder if the free enterprise system has out gorwn itself, doesn't it?
Every time you turn around you hear about another politician who is ripping off the public.

Makes one wonder if the government system has outgrown itself, doesn't it?

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