Monday, July 15, 2019
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced her office has filed 21 charges against two out-of-state racketeers for their roles in a scheme that used more than 190 illegal vehicle loans to cash in on $258,000 from Michigan borrowers.
William McKibbin, 39, of Stowe, Vermont, and Mark Weiner, 66, of Delray Beach, Florida, were each charged with the following:
The Michigan Attorney General’s investigation revealed that McKibbin and Weiner managed online title loan entity Autoloans, LLC, which collected illegal proceeds from Michigan residents despite receiving three separate cease-and-desist orders from the 30th Circuit Court between 2015 and 2016 and numerous other court orders from various jurisdictions. At one point, the criminal enterprise was estimated to have more than $20 million in outstanding loans and conducted business in Michigan without proper licensing, often charging exorbitant interest rates that reached 200%, with an average loan amount of $1,500.
In addition to the charges against McKibbin and Weiner, Autoloans LLC itself was charged with the same crimes and entered into a settlement with the Attorney General’s Office late last month. The settlement established a restitution fund of $1.6 million to reimburse affected Michigan residents in a three-tiered reimbursement system:
“The Michigan Attorney General’s Office will not allow out-of-state businesses to take advantage of Michigan consumers,” Nessel said. “All companies that want to do business with our consumers will be held to the same laws and standards, regardless of where they are located.”
Autoloans LLC no longer operates in Michigan or in the United States.
McKibbin was arraigned late Friday before Kent County 61-A District Court Judge Jeanine LaVille. A probable cause conference is scheduled for July 23, followed by a preliminary exam on July 30.
Weiner was arraigned on June 6 by Kent County 61-A District Court Judge Kimberly Schaefer. A probable cause conference is scheduled for August 8 before Kent Count 61-A District court Judge Buter.
This is yet another example of how Attorney General Nessel is protecting Michigan consumers from unscrupulous businesses. Those who believe they have been a victim of illegal business practices from a company are urged to report their concerns to mi.gov/agcomplaints.
Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Attorney General’s Office does not provide photos of defendants. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office may have a booking photo available.