4 Michigan dealers face racketeering charges

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Four car-dealership owners face felony racketeering charges.

Edward Usewick, owner of Executive Auto Brokers Used Cars on Dort Highway, is the alleged ring-leader of the scheme.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell and Prosecutor David Leyton believe Usewick received cars from a leasing company in Massachusetts, but never fully paid for those cars. Then, he and three accomplices sold false titles to unsuspecting customers on those vehicles.

Authorities believe he bilked 63 customers with this scheme.

Edward Usewick, Walter Szunko, James Lane III, and William Dempsey each face one count of racketeering, a 20 year felony, and three counts of larceny, a 10 year felony. In addition, Usewick faces four additional counts of passing false titles, which is a 10 year felony.

Usewick is currently believed to be in Florida. There is a warrant out for his arrest.