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Criminal apprehended after applying for auto dealer license

Friday, January 10, 2020 12:00am to 12:00am

Criminal apprehended after applying for auto dealer license

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INDIANAPOLIS (January 10, 2020) — A criminalattempting to own an auto dealership was apprehended in Indianapolis after heunknowingly agreed to meet with an investigator from Indiana Secretary of StateConnie Lawson’s Auto Dealer Services Division. Timothy Luther had been onfederal supervised release for months.

In Indiana, it is standard procedure to review thebackground of auto dealer ownership applicants, and Luther’s open warrant wasdiscovered by Secretary of State staff. The staff were put in contact with theU.S. Marshals Office, who confirmed that Luther had been incognito sinceAugust. Staff transferred all information on Luther’s application to theMarshals.

After several weeks of searching for Luther, the U.S.Marshals asked the Secretary of State’s office to set up a face-to-face meetingunder the pretense of discussing his background. Luther agreed to the meetingand arrived at the arranged location. During the meeting, Marshals surprisedLuther and apprehended him. On December 4th, Timothy Luther appearedin federal court and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

“I want to thank the U.S. Marshals and members of myteam for their thorough work in capturing a federal offender,” said SecretaryLawson. “I am always grateful when our office is able to support lawenforcement in the course of a normal day, and am proud of their dedication andwatchfulness.”

For more informationon the Secretary of State’s Auto Dealer Services Division, visit www.in.gov/sos/dealer.

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