N.C. DMV arrests Greensboro car dealer for charging illegal fee

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The owner of a Greensboro car dealer was arrested Wednesday after officials said he illegally billed customers for tax, tag and title fees for 87 vehicle sales.

Ehsan Shahnawaz, 32, of Greensboro, owns ES Motorsports, Inc. at 707 Norwalk St.

Shahnawaz was charged with selling vehicles to out-of-state customers, charging them illegally for North Carolina taxes, titles and tags, when the vehicles were not being titled or licensed in the state.

Officials said Shahnawaz was arrested after a routine dealer audit by DMV inspectors. The audit allegedly included an investigation into the dealership’s sales records over an 18-month period.

Shahnawaz was charged with 87 felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, 12 counts of common law forgery, and six counts of common law uttering.

Misdemeanor counts included two counts of having open titles, 25 counts of charging hidden fees, four counts of failure to inspect vehicles prior to sale, and 13 counts of improper issuance of a 30-day marker.

Shahnawaz was placed in the Guilford County Detention Center under a $95,000 secured bond.

License and Theft Bureau inspectors are continuing to investigate. Authorities said he was also charged other fees not allowed by North Carolina law.

ES Motorsports, Inc. has specialized in high-end sports cars and BMWs since opening in 2008. Officials said Shahnawaz also sold cars online.

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