GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Stop Auto Fraud wishes to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of our founder, Mr. Duane Overholt, who passed away suddenly on October 20, 2016.
A self-described "whistleblower", Mr. Overholt used his 24 years of experience in the automotive sales industry to become a leading consumer advocate. Mr. Overholt was known to have worked with the U.S. Secret Service, Florida Attorney General's Office, Department of Insurance & Banking, and with private attorneys to help consumers victimized by rogue employees at automotive dealerships. He was considered an industry expert on the internal and external flow of paperwork associated with automotive sales. His later mission was to uncover evidence of deceptive sales tactics and predatory lending practices, utilizing his positions in automobile dealerships as a salesman, wholesaler, used car manager, sales manager, finance, and insurance manager. This led to Overholt founding Stop Auto Fraud, a newly established non-profit.
"Duane Overholt shined the light on deceptive sales practices that many consumer advocates couldn't uncover. He used his experience to bring about change in the industry," said Jack Fitzgerald, founder of Fitzgerald Auto Malls, and a supporter of Stop Auto Fraud.
"Duane Overholt will be missed by consumers. His efforts to stamp out illicit sales practices helped both consumers and consumer oriented car dealers" said Jack Gillis, author of The Car Book, published by the Center for Auto Safety.
For additional information about the non-profit organization, visit www.StopAutoFraud.com
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