‘Super car salesman’ allegedly tricked £ 6million Stellantis into sophisticated coupon code scam – Car Dealer Magazine
A car salesman has been accused of defrauding manufacturer Stellantis of more than £ 6million in a sophisticated scam.
Federal officials said Apollo ‘Apollo’ Nimo, 34, was using discount codes to give Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler and Ram buyers better deals than they should have received.
Nimo – who was the nation’s best-selling salesperson – has been charged with wire fraud for the scam that allegedly used discounts given to non-FCA employees.
Over a seven-year period, FCA – now Stellantis – reportedly lost $ 8.7million (£ 6.3million) as Nimo used employee purchase control numbers as discount codes to get buyers a 5% reduction on the sale or rental of cars.
The apparent super salesman sold 250 cars in a single month, and his manager told investigators he would often sell more vehicles than “full sales departments at most FCA dealerships.”
Between 2014 and 2021, nearly nine in 10 Nimo sales were linked to discount codes, Fox 2 Detroit reported.
Car manufacturers all over the world are using discount codes like this to offer their friends and family better prices on cars.
In the UK, many car manufacturers offer staff at dealerships or at the manufacturer’s headquarters at discounted prices like this.
The car salesman, who worked at the brand’s Parkway dealership in Detroit, was paid $ 700,000 (£ 507,000) over the seven-year period.
Nimo is believed to have used 268 unauthorized employee discount codes that federal investigators say they black marketed from Facebook groups.
It would put buyers in touch with retired FCA workers who could still get the discount codes and pass them on to buyers.
Buyers who questioned the legality of the agreements were told by Nimo that “FCA does not review them”.
In 2014, the federal government said Nimo’s father rented three cars from his son using the special rates.
If found guilty, Nimo faces 20 years in prison.