A Marion car salesman has been indicted on 37 charges in Buncombe County.
According to court records, Wesley Allen Gurley, 30, of California Avenue, Marion, is charged with 16 felony counts of fictitious inspections, 16 felony counts of obtaining property for false inspections, and five felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. The complainant listed on the warrants is Inspector Charity Wilson of the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles in Asheville.
Gurley is the owner of Carolina Auto Sales in Marion and Black Mountain. The McDowell News contacted Gurley who said, to his knowledge, these charges were dropped last summer. He told a reporter Thursday he was unaware of the charges from the indictments.
“There was a guy doing inspections for us from Express Lube in Black Mountain. He would come to our lot and do all our inspections, and say they were passing, without them passing,” said Gurley. “He tried to say that we knew that he didn’t inspect them right.”
Gurley said the accusations against him are false and he had no knowledge of the fake inspections.
“I don’t know how to inspect a vehicle and then they tried to say the guy was working for me, and you can’t just throw out false accusations,” he said. “They have done a faulty investigation and have ran my name through the mud.”
The documents state that the incidents occurred between June and August of 2013.
“The defendant names above did unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously, with the intent to cheat and to defraud, obtain and attempt to obtain U.S. currency from (the victim)…selling a vehicle to the victim under the pretense that the vehicle had passed emissions inspection, when in fact it had not, thus deceiving the victim,” one warrant states.
Another warrant states that he “did solicit or accept anything of value in order to pass a vehicle that fails a safety or emissions inspection.”
The McDowell News attempted to contact Inspector Wilson, but she had not returned phone calls as of deadline.
Gurley has a Buncombe County Superior Court date set for Aug. 27. A photo of Gurley was not available from Buncombe County authorities.