Vintage car dealer must pay $140,000 as resualt of suit

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has won a judgment of more than $140,000 against a Salisbury vintage car business and its owner.

Evolution Motor Sports LLC, (aka Paradise Garage) and its owner, Arthur Glen Kurrus, were found guilty of disposing of vehicles without authorization, misrepresenting information about the cars, billing people for unauthorized repairs and failing to turn over proceeds from sales.

One consumer allegedly purchased a 1961 Jaguar in good condition from Kurrus only to receive a rusted, damaged 1963 model needing major motor work instead.

"Instead of paradise, Kurrus' business was hell - a vintage vehicle black hole that consumed cars and cash," Blumenthal said.

"This decision is a victory for consumers defrauded and deceived by Kurrus, compelling him to pay more than $140,000 in damages and refunds. He sold cars without permission, failed to provide proceeds, charged consumers for unauthorized repairs and grossly misrepresented vehicle condition, mileage and other vital information."

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Under terms of the judgment, Kurrus has been ordered to pay four consumers $100,134 in restitution he had will also pay $27,500 in civil penalties and $12,661 in court costs to the state. The state is also seeking an order to permit the sale of two Porsches seized from Kurrus to aid in providing restitution to consumers.

The lawsuit against Kurrus and Evilution Motor Sports was filed in 2007 by Blumenthal in cooperation with Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell, Jr. Kurrus also faces criminal charges.