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Green County man faces 10 charges related to odometer fraud case


ALBANY (WKOW) -- A 2003 Chevy Tahoe with 127,000 miles for $6,000 seemed like an honest deal for one buyer in Horicon, when he saw it on Craigslist last year.

But according to a criminal complaint from Green County, the man selling it, Kyle Disch, had tampered with the odometer, lowering the mileage by more than 77,000 miles--something they say he's done many times in the past.

It all started more than a year ago in an Albany business parking lot where the criminal complaint says Disch's cousin sold a 2005 Chevy Tahoe to the first victim, claiming it had less than 150,000 miles on it.

In actuality, it had been driven for more than 200,000 miles.

The complaint says Disch and his cousin repeated the same process multiple times in the Albany area, at businesses and his home.

In the small village of Albany, Police Chief Robert Ritter said, this was the first time he'd seen any odometer tampering case like this.

However, Department of Transportation investigators say this kind of case happens all too often.

They urge you to make sure you check the vehicle history on any car you intend to purchase online.

Otherwise they're only able to find an issue after you pay up and try to register your new car.

Disch allegedly sold four cars to people from all over the state, raking in nearly $26,000.

When investigators asked the victims if they would have bought the cars if they'd known the true mileage, they all said no.

That's why Disch is charged with theft by false representation as well.

At his initial appearance Monday, part of his bond conditions were not to sell another car without court approval, so he made his case to let him sell one last SUV.

"I've got a 2005 Colorado that I had purchased at auction and I'm trying to sell that to get more money for my attorney," he said.

The judge didn't give him approval for that, saying that's something he and his attorney will have to discuss with the District Attorney.

Now he's set to return to court in early January.

If convicted of his 10 charges, eight of them felonies, Disch faces up to 50 years in prison and a fine of nearly $100,000.

Disch was also arrested earlier this month on meth charges.

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