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Car lot owner faces fraud, forgery charges

Staff report

A Paducah car dealer was arrested after detectives say he was not following through on deals.

Brett T. Gentry, 29, of Metropolis, Ill., was arrested on warrants charging him with two counts of forgery and four counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property. Gentry, the owner of New to You Car Sales on Park Avenue, was first arrested on Jan. 29. He was arrested in court on warrants again Thursday.

Paducah police say they were contacted in December by a man from Salem who had given Gentry his truck to sell on the Park Avenue lot. He also gave Gentry the truck's title, unsigned. The man told officer Rene Long that Gentry had given him $11,000 of the $17,800 Gentry owed him for the truck. When Long investigated, he found the title had been signed, but the man told him he had not signed it himself.

A month later, a Paducah man told Long he purchased a van from Gentry in April 2013 but never got a title to go with it. He later took the van back and purchased a truck. He told Long he gave Gentry $8,100 to pay for the truck and the remainder of the loan on the van. Gentry never sent the loan payments to Signet Federal Credit Union, and did not transfer the title to the truck with $365 intended for that purpose, according to a release from Paducah police.

In early February, a woman told Long that Gentry had sold her husband's truck on the lot, but had only paid the couple $950 of the $7,000 he owed them.

Gentry was taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail but released later Thursday on bond.

 

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