DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced that the Consumer Fraud Unit secured a Stipulated Preliminary Injunction with Springs Transmission and Automotive, Greg Ehnes, and Jessica White of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The injunction was consented to by the defendants and without admission of any wrong doing. It prohibits the defendants from owning or operating any automotive services businesses.
The court ordered Springs Transmission, Ehnes, and White to stop soliciting or accepting payment for services of any kind in connection with Springs Transmission and Automotive, or being employed in any management or administrative position by any other company or person that performs automotive consumer services including repair and towing. They are also enjoined from advertising, selling, marketing, displaying, or offering automotive repair or assistance services as well as publishing, broadcasting, distributing or disseminating any information relating to automotive repair or assistance services. The defendants are barred from depositing or processing any credit or debit card receipts obtained from consumers as well as spending, transferring, giving away, or disposing of any monies or property received as a result of their business practices.
Defendants must also contact all of the owners of vehicles remaining on their premises and alert them to the contents of the Order, and give those consumers the opportunity to have their vehicles removed at no cost to the consumers. They must freeze any existing financial accounts holding any monies gained as a result of Springs Transmission and Automotive’s sales until a determination can be made by the El Paso County District Court as to whether those funds were obtained unlawfully and need to be used for consumer restitution.
Springs Transmission and Automotive and Ehnes affirmed that no monies, property, or other assets exist to compensate consumers in the form of restitution or any other monetary damage awards. If restitution is ordered and collected from the defendants, consumers who are due restitution will be contacted by the Attorney General’s Office.
For future case updates or to learn more about recent actions the Office of the Attorney General has filed against companies engaged in deceptive trade practices, visit www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/consumercases. Consumers who believe they have fallen victim to a scam can file a complaint via www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/complaint.