Former Harford used-car dealer is sentenced

October 03, 1991|By Kim Clark

Robert Brooke Boyle has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for defrauding some customers at his now-defunct used-car lot in Harford County, prosecutors said yesterday.

Boyle was indicted on 76 counts of theft and fraud after he closed his Brooke Boyle Cars Ltd. without paying off several bills, including the liens on cars people had traded in and licensing fees for cars he had sold. Boyle closed his Bel Air lot in 1989.

In a plea bargain, Boyle pleaded guilty to one count of fraud for having taken in trade a 1989 Ford Mustang from Jeremy and Amy Andrews of Bel Air, selling the car, and then reneging on his agreement to pay off the $14,423 lien the couple had on the car. Ford sued the couple for the money.

Boyle also pleaded guilty to one bad check charge for having paid for a 1985 Chevrolet Corvette from Team Chevrolet with a $11,800 bad check. As a part of the plea bargain, Boyle agreed to pay $207,000 in restitution to 27 victims, and the state has agreed to reissue him a car salesman's license in two years.

Harford County Circuit Court Judge William O. Carr sentenced Boyle to three years in jail, with all but 90 days suspended. He also ordered the 29-year-old former car dealer to perform 200 hours of community service.

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