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Henderson car salesman arrested for scamming elderly customer

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Allen J. Smith, Jr. (Source: Nevada DMV) Allen J. Smith, Jr. (Source: Nevada DMV)

A Henderson BMW employee accused of scamming an elderly woman has been arrested, according to Department of Motor Vehicle investigators.

Investigators arrested 58-year-old Allen J. Smith, Jr.  a car salesman and finance manager at BMW of Henderson, on Friday after they said he allegedly sold a trade-in vehicle whose owner wanted it donated to charity.

In January of 2016, Dorothy Lee purchased a 2016 BMW 3 series from BMW of Henderson. Lee’s 1989 Volvo did not have a significant trade-in value, so she asked that BMW of Henderson donate it to Safe Nest in her name, so she can receive a tax deduction.

Lee told investigators Smith agreed to facilitate the donation and said he knew a person who worked at Safe Nest.

Investigators said Smith allegedly advertised the vehicle on Craigslist and sold it on Feb. 2, 2016.

As a result of the scam, Lee only asked BMW of Henderson to donate $2,175 to Safe Nest.

Smith was charged with obtaining money under false pretenses, with an elder enhancement because Lee is over the age of 60. The enhanced penalty means the potential prison terms is a minimum of two years up to a maximum of 20.

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