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Nissan of Saratoga Forged Customer Signatures, Hid Costs to Push Sale Alleges Lawsuit

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - Two area residents have filled a summons and complaint with the state Supreme Court against Nissan of Saratoga, the car dealership raided by state police May 9 as part of a separate ongoing investigation by the attorney general’s office.


The lawsuit comes from Albany resident Tashanna Jones and Troy resident Daquetta Jones, who have hired Attorney Michael N. Bruno as their council. According to the documents filed May 24 with the state Supreme Court and the County Clerk, the Joneses allege that representatives of Nissan of Saratoga forged their signatures on financial contracts, charged them for a $2,500 extended warranty the plaintiffs were told they would not be charged for, and signed the pair up for a “Stepping Stone” financial plan the plaintiffs were later told by Nissan staff did not exist.

The suit filed by the Joneses is separate from the attorney general’s ongoing investigation of the 2906 Route 9 dealership. While a representative from the attorney general’s office could not comment on their own investigations, she did encourage others with complaints or concerns about Nissan of Saratoga to call their office at 1-800-771-7755. Since the May 9th raid where state police seized hundreds of company business records, nearly 200 calls have been placed regarding the investigation.

The lawsuit alleges that the Joneses tried to purchase two vehicles from the dealership in August 2011, for which they preferred a maximum monthly payments of $500. Unable to arrange this financial agreement, the complaint filed suggests an unnamed finance manager told the Joneses they could enroll in the “Stepping Stone” program to purchase less expensive cars, build credit history with Nissan of Saratoga and then trade the vehicles in six months later for the cars they originally desired. When the Joneses returned to the dealership in February, the pair claims that they were told by Nissan staff that the “Stepping Stone” program did not exist.

Attorney Michael Bruno is currently looking for additional plaintiffs with consumer fraud complaints against the dealership. He can be reached through his law firm’s website at www.dmslawyers.com. No court date has currently been set for the lawsuit.

Representatives from Nissan of Saratoga were not available to comment.

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