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UPDATE: Boise Police charge car salesman suspected of rolling back odometers

Posted at 3:05 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 20:38:13-05

BOISE — The Boise Police Department says Travis Brawley, 42, turned himself in to police on Tuesday after investigators notified the public of a warrant for his arrest.

A BPD news release says detectives have been investigating Brawley over the past year for multiple suspicious car sales. Police spokeswoman Haley Williams declined to specify the exact number, citing an ongoing investigation.

"Recently, Boise Police were made aware of additional victims who purchased cars from the suspect and later found out that the cars had modified (reduced) odometer mileage readings,” the release said.

“Some victims discovered their odometers were reduced by over 100,000 miles. In most cases, the victims learned of the problems through Carfax or other title history checks after they purchased the vehicles,” the release added.

In 2018, Brawley owned a car sales business that was shut down by the Department of Transportation due to fraudulent business practices, including odometer tampering, according to reports.

Brawley is now suspected of selling the cars as a private citizen through online classified ads, police say.

A warrant was issued for Brawley’s arrest, charging him with grand theft by deception (a felony) and failing to notify vehicle buyers of odometer changes (a misdemeanor).