Accused by state officials of defrauding customers, the owner of a Goshen, Ore., recreational vehicle dealership has agreed to settle the matter by paying more than $34,000 in fines and restitution costs — and pledging to run an honest business.
As reported by the Register Guard, the state Department of Justice’s agreement with Mark Ingram and Ingram RV was filed Tuesday in Lane County Circuit Court. Ingram, who signed off on the settlement on Aug. 31, did not admit any wrongdoing in a deal that allows him to avoid facing a potential lawsuit.
Ingram did acknowledge that the state had formally accused him and the dealership of unlawful trade practices. He also accepted that the business would face stiff monetary penalties if it does not comply with all terms of the settlement.
Ingram could not be reached for comment Tuesday (Sept. 11). A message left on his cell phone was not returned.
The agreement requires Ingram and the dealership to pay $20,000 to the Department of Justice. If that amount is not paid by May 31, 2013, another $20,000 will be owed to the state agency.
Ingram also agreed to repay a total of at least $14,000 to eight people with whom the dealership had entered into consignment agreements or other transactions.
In addition to the payments required as part of the settlement, Ingram already has paid more than $40,000 in restitution to people who did business with the dealership, state justice officials said.
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Editor’s Note: This report by KMTR-TV, Springfield, Ore., describes the demise of what used to be the epicenter of the Northwest’s motorhome business, the retail front, more or less, for area manufacturers Monaco Coach Corp., now Monaco RV LLC, and Country Coach Inc., which is still in business as a factory-direct operation.
Watch the video in today’s Featured Video section.
The end of an era has come for a stretch along Interestate 5 in Coburg, Ore.
For years it was home to hundreds of RVs for sale, now it’s empty land. It was as familiar a landmark as any in Lane County during its heyday with hundreds of RVs on sale from several retailers like Ingram RV, Paradise RV, RV Corrall and La Mesa.
One by one they all moved on, bit by the economy. The last one standing was Guaranty RV and now it too has moved leaving the RV mecca along the freeway into a group of vacant lots.
Guaranty is still selling RVs but now it’s doing it from it’s lot in Junction City. Shannon Nill the General Manager for Guaranty RV says it’s about consolidating and becoming more efficient.
Regarding the RV industry in Lane County, Nill says, “It’s still here, Country Coach is still open, Monaco is still open, however we’ve all had to adjust, that’s the main thing the adjustment.”
Nill says people are still interested in buying RVs but it’s harder to get financing for the high-end models. He’s optimistic as the economy improves and expects 2010 to be a better year for sales.
During the consolidation from Coburg to Junction City Nill says he was able to keep all of his employees.
Concerning the economic effect on Coburg, the city says that even though the retailers are gone, it still expects to collect property taxes from the lots, lessening any financial problems for the city.