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For immediate release --Friday, January 24, 1997

Fort Dodge Defendants Face Charges of Conspiracy and Soliciting a False Auto Damage Disclosure Statement

DES MOINES-- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said today that his office filed criminal complaints today against Jon Zuspann and Kimberly Russell of Fort Dodge. The complaints were filed in Webster County District Court in Fort Dodge.

Zuspann and Russell were named in separate complaints each alleging commission of two Class D felonies -- soliciting a false damage disclosure statement and conspiracy to obtain a false damage disclosure statement.

The complaints state that the charges arose in connection with the alleged attempt by Zuspann and Russell to obtain a false damage disclosure statement from another individual for the purposes of artificially inflating the resale value of a 1995 Ford Probe that had sustained more than $8,000 worth of collision damage.

The matter was investigated by the Attorney General's Office with the assistance of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Class D felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $7,500 fine.

Iowa's auto damage disclosure law has been in effect since 1993. It requires car sellers to give buyers written disclosures indicating whether the car incurred damage of $3,000 or more from individual incidents while the seller owned it, and whether the car was ever on a salvage title, flood title, or rebuilt title.