General manager of Serra Nissan charged with conspiracy

Serra Nissan's{}general manager is charged with conspiracy.{}The United States Attorney's Office says{}Randy Visser{}conspired with other employees at Serra Nissan to defraud Nissan North America. Prosecutors say he directed workers to falsify documents by wire to Nissan North America. The dealership then received incentives from Nissan North America that were not earned.{}Prosecutors and Visser filed a plea agreement in which Visser acknowledges the charge and agrees to plead guilty.

Tuesday,{}Kimberly Branch, Serra Nissan's controller{}was arrested{}at{}her{}job following a grand jury indictment. According to the indictment, Branch is accused of creating false documents to hide fraud, which some of her coworkers were accused of and subsequently plead guilty. Her 16-count indictment includes wire fraud and conspiracy.

Court documents{}say Visser, Branch,{}and{}other employees{}reported false car sales to Nissan North America between March 2013 and April 2013 in order to get incentives. The scheme led to Nissan North America paying Serra Nissan almost $83,000 in incentives. In July 2014, former Serra Nissan sales manager, Abdul Islam Mughal pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bank fraud. The court says Mughal conspired with Serra Nissan's salesmen and other managers in falsifying documents in order to defraud customers and banks to sell more cars. May 28, he was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. He must report by July 28.


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