Newport News car salesman charged by DMV

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – The Department of Motor Vehicles has charged a car salesman with 10 felony charges.

The charges include embezzlement, obtaining a DMV document unlawfully and failing to properly register and titles cars. For more than a year, DMV investigators looked into the case and then charged David Phillips.

DMV investigators tell 10 On Your Side they got a complaint from Richard Richardson, a Newport News resident, in June 2015.

Richardson told investigators he went to Phillips’ dealership, Budget Auto Sales on Warwick Boulevard. He was looking to not only buy a new car, but also sell the one he owned.

Investigators say Phillips sold Richardson’s car, but never paid him the money. At the same time, Phillips sold a new car to Richardson. But investigators tell 10 On Your Side Phillips never properly titled and registered the car with the DMV.

Investigators spent more than a year looking into the claims and on Monday they issued the felony warrants for Phillips. The 61-year-old turned himself into the jail and bonded out a short time later.

10 On Your Side wanted to get Phillips’ side of the story, but he didn’t feel comfortable doing an on camera interview. He tells us though that the charges are false and he wishes he could give us the whole story. He then went on to say that the truth would come out in court.

Phillips will have his next court appearance on September 6.

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