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Former Lancaster County auto dealer to pay $722K for charges related to failing business

A former owner of a Lancaster County automotive dealership will pay more than $722,000 in restitution for measures prosecutors say he took while his business was failing.

David Layton, 51, of Manheim Township was a part owner of Auto Showcase of Neffsville Inc. Prosecutors charged him in May 2015 for allegedly making false and misleading statements in order to get credit and property, failing to pay off loans on cars that customers traded to his dealership, and not paying collected sales tax and fees to the state while his business was struggling to stay afloat.

Layton pleaded guilty earlier this month to four counts of receiving deposits in a failing financial institution. A judge ordered him to pay $722,364.72 in restitution, much of which will go to the state and affected customers of the Manheim Township dealership, which closed in May 2011.

An attorney representing Layton could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

“This prosecution was the result of a successful partnership that involved the Department of Revenue working with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office,” Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said in a statement Wednesday. “Failing to remit funds that are collected in trust is a serious crime. We want the public to know that we are working to ensure there is a level playing field for business owners who abide by the law and pay their taxes.”

Jennifer Wentz
Jennifer Wentz covers Lancaster County, York County, financial services, taxation and legal services. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at jwentz@cpbj.com.

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