Four convicted in scheme to roll back odometers to mislead customers about vehicles' mileage

Husband and wife guilty of hundreds of felonies, ordered to pay $58,574 in restitution
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Nov 5, 2012


A judge found a husband and his wife guilty of hundreds of felonies in an odometer fraud case in Cuyahoga County.

The couple was convicted of 257 charges of theft, forgery, and tampering with an odometer, among other crimes. They were ordered to pay $58,574 in restitution.

They were involved in a scheme to roll back vehicle odometers to mislead customers about the mileage on the vehicles they purchased.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles' Investigations Section and Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated the case for more than a year.

In May, a grand jury indicted the couple and two other people on 145 counts, most counts involving charges against multiple people. Last week, three of the four suspects pleaded guilty or no contest to charges, closing the case with 257 total convictions:

· Michael Mankins, 38 of Middleburg Heights, the former manager of R&M Auto Service & Sales in Cleveland, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of 54 charges of tampering with records, 54 charges of forgery, 18 charges of tampering with an odometer, 18 charges of transferring a vehicle with a tampered odometer and three charges of theft, all felonies. He reimbursed the Akron Auto Auction -- a victim of the crimes -- $80,000 and was ordered to pay $57,574 in restitution to other victims.

· Kimberly Mankins, 41 of Middleburg Heights, Michael Mankins' wife, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of 54 charges of forgery and 54 charges of tampering with records, all felonies.

· Samuel Mankins, 32 of Cleveland, Michael Mankins' brother, was convicted of menacing, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $150 in court costs.

· John Childrey, 45 of Brookpark, previously was found guilty of falsification, a misdemeanor, on August 10, 2012, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, which was suspended. He was ordered to pay restitution of $500.

The sentencing of Michael and Kimberly Mankins will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 29.



The court system in Cuyahoga County has its act together. Too bad the Huron County Prosecutor's Office couldn't figure out how to bring charges against that crooked car dealership at the corner of Rt. 13 & 224 in Greenwich a few years ago. According to the BBB, they ripped off a lot of people and got away with it. These four people should have moved their operation to Huron County . . . they'd still be in business.

jack langhals

Gee,I thought those guys were out of business.There was a dealer in Sandusky used to roll all of his back to zero.We only took of a few thousand off !


@windy; Yeah, that was Pugh's in Greenwich. He put the dealership in someone else's name but he actually ran the 'show.' Can't believe he got away with all he did. I know someone that actually bought a stolen car from there! The dealership went so far as to make a bogus title and all! Don't know what it takes to get busted around here, but it was a pretty cut and dry case. Must have 'known' someone in the right place! IMO


What happens to the people that bought those cars? Seems like they need restitution not the courts and im sure its alot more than 54k