Secretary Johnson suspends license of Detroit auto dealer
MAY 23, 2013
Monaco Motors allegedly committed fraud when selling
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced that she has summarily
suspended the license of Monaco Motors of Detroit due to alleged fraudulent acts
in connection with selling and dealing with vehicles.
The used-car dealership at 15290 Gratiot Ave. in Detroit is alleged to have
given a false statement of a material fact and several fraudulent acts in
connection with selling or dealing in vehicles. Most significantly, the
violations include allegedly fabricating insurance policy information when
selling the vehicle. Monaco Motors’ owner, Darrell Lees, now will have an
administrative hearing about the suspension.
“If we find a dealer who is violating the law, we will take swift action to
stop them from preying on Michigan consumers,” Johnson said. “While most auto
dealers are reputable business people, we will hold those who are not
The suspension prohibits Lees from buying, selling, offering for sale or
dealing in vehicles. The dealership has been licensed since Sept. 6, 2011.
In addition to the dealer license suspension, the Michigan Department of
Insurance and Financial Services last month issued a cease and desist order
against the dealership, Lees and another man to stop unlicensed insurance
Consumers who have a complaint against Monaco Motors are encouraged to call
the Department of State Information Center at (888) SOS-MICH (767-6424).
For media questions, please call Gisgie Dávila Gendreau at (517) 373-2520.