Arizona auto dealer accused of bilking customers, lenders in loan and title scheme

An Arizona used car dealer who didn’t pay off trades or transfer title to buyers said last year that if he were ripping off customers, he would be behind bars.



a car parked in a parking lot: RPM Motors on Van Buren Street. Formerly Main Auto Group


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RPM Motors on Van Buren Street. Formerly Main Auto Group

Farhad Kankash, owner of Onyx Motorsports in Tempe, was arrested Wednesday and charged with 14 counts of fraud and theft.

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Detectives with the Arizona Department of Transportation accused Kankash of using his now-defunct business to cheat customers and lenders out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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“What do you want me to do about it?” Kankash told The Arizona Republic in 2019. “If I was taking people’s money, I would be in jail.”

Kankash, reached by phone at his Scottsdale home Thursday, declined comment. 

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