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Car dealer pleads guilty in Guard loan case

Jun. 28, 2013 - 10:56AM   |  
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BIRMINGHAM, ALA. — A north Alabama car dealer has pleaded guilty to refusing to adjust a vehicle loan for a National Guard member who went off to war.

Federal prosecutors say 75-year-old Carl Ralph Nuss of Cullman pleaded guilty Thursday to violating federal protections for active-duty service members.

Nuss could be sentenced to as much as two years in prison and fined $200,000.

The vehicle dealer earlier had denied doing anything wrong.

Authorities say a 22-year-old service member bought a Ford Sport-Trac from Nuss in 2011 and was later called to active duty in Afghanistan.

The guardsman last year requested a reduction in his 25 percent annual interest charge, as required by federal law. Nuss refused and repossessed the truck.

Nuss owns North Alabama Wholesale Autos in Cullman.

Sentencing is Sept. 12.

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