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Belleville woman accuses O'Fallon Ford dealer of fraud

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 14, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A Belleville woman is suing Auffenberg Ford North for allegedly failing to install a backup camera in her new vehicle after promising to do so.

Marlene Steinman filed a complaint on Feb. 2 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against the O'Fallon-based car dealer, alleging it violated the sales contract agreement.

According to the complaint, Steinman alleges that on Oct. 19, 2015, she purchased a 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid from Mike Krausz, a sales representative, and was promised that a back-up camera system would be installed in her new vehicle. She contacted Krausz and manager Aaron Paton numerous times but no camera system had been installed.

As a result, she claims she was damaged for not receiving the back-up camera system she contracted for.

Steinman alleges Auffenberg Ford North committed fraud by not informing her that a back-up camera was not an available option on every version of the C-Max Hybrid.

Steinman requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount over of $50,000 and for attorney's fees and court costs and for any further relief the court deems just and appropriate.

She is represented by Joseph N. Reames of The Law Office of Joseph N. Reames, LLC in Wood River.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-39

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