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CAR DEALER NOT GUILTY OF 14 FELONY COUNTS

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A Salt Lake County car dealer charged with 14 felony counts of odometer fraud and racketeering has been found not guilty on all counts.

A 3rd District Court jury deliberated just over one hour Wednesday before finding John Thomas, 53, not guilty on five counts of theft by deception, five counts of selling cars with rolled back odometers, three counts of submitting false odometer statements and one count of racketeering.Thomas, of Thomas Auto, 3345 S. State, was charged last March by investigators with the Utah Motor Vehicle Division who claimed Thomas and another man were buying cars from a California dealer, rolling back the odometer readings and selling the cars in Utah.