By CBS News Staff The owner of the diy cleaning service in Boston is under federal investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly selling stolen cars and trucks.
The Justice Department says the company was the subject of a large-scale drug investigation in 2013 that was closed last year, but the Justice department has not disclosed how it found the company or where it is based.
The federal government says the department’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is looking into the matter.
Federal officials are looking into whether the company’s illegal activities and sales of stolen vehicles and trucks violate the Motor Vehicle Theft and Impersonation Prevention Act, or MOTPA.
In a statement, the Justice said the investigation began after the DEA began investigating the company and found that “the company’s business practices violated the MOTPA, including violations of federal laws relating to the theft of motor vehicles and theft of property.
According to the DEA’s complaint, the company had allegedly sold over 1,300 vehicles in the United States between September 2013 and March 2018 and sold vehicles in over 20 states and Puerto Rico.
The company allegedly engaged in “illegal trade practices” by selling vehicles to unauthorized buyers who used stolen vehicles, including trucks and SUVs.
The indictment alleges that the company engaged in sales of vehicles with the consent of federal law enforcement agencies.
According the indictment, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where the case is being prosecuted, said in a statement that the charges against the company “are consistent with the federal statutes that prohibit and punish interstate and foreign transportation of dangerous goods and the sale of dangerous and fraudulent goods.”
The U.K.-based company has been cooperating with the Justice’s investigation, according to the statement.