NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A former City of Norfolk clerk is pleading guilty to conspiracy charges after falsifying documents that rolled back odometers on used-cars for a Chesapeake dealership.
Steven Bazemore of Virginia Beach is expected to plead guilty to one court of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, according to federal paperwork filed on Wednesday.
According to court documents, Bazemore helped a local used-car dealership obtain false vehicle titles while working at a DMV Select branch in Norfolk. Select branches are staffed by local government employees, rather than DMV employees.
Court documents said the dealership’s owner and other conspirators paid Bazemore for vehicle titles that reflected false, lower odometer readings.
Bazemore processed the false DMV paperwork for at least 76 vehicles, according to court documents.
Court documents also said that the dealership owner would then sell the vehicles for more money than they were worth. The scheme went on from about January of 2010 to about September of 2013.
One example that court documents listed, was that Bazemore issued DMV paperwork stating that a 2003 Honda sedan’s odometer read close to 85,000 miles, when in fact the vehicle had at least 243,000 miles.
According to court documents, the dealership is no longer open for business.