Charges Filed Against Grand Junction Car Dealer for Salvage Scam

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Prosecutors have filed charges against the owner of a Grand Junction car dealership and two insurance adjusters.

The Colorado Attorney General's Office says Camden Fortney was paying two insurance adjustors to make it look like heavily damaged cars were in good condition.

Prosecutors officially charged Fortney and two insurance adjustors with several charges of theft and bribery Tuesday morning.

11 News cameras were rolling as 67–year–old Camden Fortney faced a judge for the first time since his arrest three weeks ago.

His two co–defendents, 49–year–old Terry Robinson and 49–year–old Mary Cross were also charged Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the ring was running a salvage scam--faking titles for wrecked cars to make them look like they were in good condition so Fortney, the owner of Camden Motors, could sell them for thousands of dollars more than they were worth.

In newly released details, the indictment says the attorney general's office was tipped off after Cross left her job at Colorado Casualty Insurance.

The attorney general's office says the adjustor who took over her job got a bribery offer from Fortney but turned it over to investigators.

Prosecutors tell 11 News cross has agreed testify against the other two suspects in exchange for a lesser sentence.

Fortney and Robinson will face a judge again in September and are set to enter a plea.

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