MEDINA — Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against a former used car dealership and its owner who are accused of failing to deliver vehicle titles to customers in Northeast Ohio.
The suit was filed Thursday in Medina County Common Pleas Court against Carite Medina, 2700 Medina Road, and owner Thomas Ciatti Sr. The dealership is no longer in operation.
“A car buyer can expect one of two things after driving off a sales lot: a title or a refund,” Yost said in a prepared statement. “When a buyer doesn’t get either, the dealership that sold the car can expect a lawsuit.”
The Ohio Attorney General's Office received nine complaints against the business, with most of them alleging that Ciatti never provided titles for cars bought at the dealership. Ciatti attempted to resolve some of the complaints but claimed he lacked the money needed to resolve all of them, the state agency said in a news release.
The state Consumer Protection Section paid customers a total of $13,462 from the Title Defect Recision Fund, a program that helps used car buyers resolve title problems.
The lawsuit seeks reimbursement from Ciatti and an order preventing him from holding a dealer or salesperson license until he repays the fund, the agency said.