Studio City Odometer Arrest

Studio City Man Pleads Guilty to Vehicle Odometer Rollback Scheme

A case investigated by California DMV investigators

LOS ANGELES -On August 26, 2019, a Studio City man pleaded guilty to operating a computerized odometer rollback business for vehicles that were leased from dealerships in the San Fernando Valley and Glendale.

Serge Oganesian, 45, pleaded guilty to six felony counts: one count of conspiracy to commit grand theft and five counts of computer access and fraud.

Oganesian had been running his odometer rollback business since April 2015 in North Hollywood, Glendale and Studio City at various times, according to Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Leonard Torrealba of the Consumer Protection Division.

“Consumers and car dealerships rely heavily of a vehicle’s mileage in deciding whether to purchase a vehicle or how to price a vehicle.  Mileage is heavily factored into the value of a vehicle,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “Anyone who suspects an odometer has been tampered with, should notify DMV investigators.  They know what they’re looking for and can find the person who is profiting from it.”

Oganesian hacked the computers of 12 vehicles and rolled back the vehicle odometer readings. The altered mileage amounted to $76,394 in false vehicle appreciation.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 21, 2020.  Oganesian is expected to receive a 16-month jail sentence and will be ordered to pay a $15,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, with assistance from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office’s Bureau of Investigation.

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We walk the walk to talk the talk and we answer dealer questions every day, 7 days a week.
We specifically address the California Vehicle Code and Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations in our training.

Our philosophy in teaching this dealer education course is simple.

We assist the applicant to understand the legal framework available.
We emphasize the legal ramifications of running a dealership in California.
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We build our dealer applicants the strongest business foundation possible.

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