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Kia Motors America investigating Lawrence dealership

Internal probe comes amidst fraud accusations
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Posted at 5:54 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 18:56:46-04

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kia Motors America is now conducting its own investigation of its Lawrence dealership.

The internal probe comes after several 41 Action News I-Team stories this month detailing fraud accusations against Lawrence Kia by customers claiming their incomes were falsely inflated on their loan applications to their lenders.

A former employee also explained how documents with falsified information could be slipped past unsuspecting customers.

In a statement Kia Motors America Corporate Communications Director James Bell released to the I-Team, it states: "All U.S. Kia dealerships are independently owned and operated businesses and are required to comply with local, state and federal laws and regulations. Kia Motors America (KMA) expects all dealers to uphold the highest standards of integrity, transparency and due diligence. KMA is aware of the allegations and is seeking an explanation from Lawrence Kia, which it will review internally."

On Tuesday, the I-Team reported multiple Kansas agencies are investigating Lawrence Kia.

Last week, Wells Fargo announced it was suspending taking loan applications from the dealership.

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