An attorney for the owner of My Maine Ride was in court today to answer to charges the Bangor car dealer used bogus inspection stickers.
Glenn Geiser, who’s the focus of an Attorney General lawsuit, was not present at the arraignment this afternoon.
His defense team entered a plea of no contest for him to 28 counts of using counterfeit inspection stickers.
The judge accepted that plea as well as a check for $7,000 in fines.
In exchange prosecutors agreed to drop the 56 remaining counts.
Defense attorney Gene Sullivan claims no stickers were ever placed on unsafe vehicles, but admits violations did occur where the vehicles were serviced.
“The inspection stickers were not issued in accordance with the law, and Mr. Geiser, my client, accepts responsibility for this. And as you guys are aware my client has paid his fine in full today,” said Sullivan.
“There’s plenty of good car dealers out there. Then you get a guy like this who just makes it worse for them. For what he did he deserves to pay a big fat fine and if he’s convicted of criminal offenses he should go to jail,” said Penobscot County District Attorney Christopher Almy.
Glenn Geiser’s attorney Joe Baldacci said yesterday his client will accept a 6-month suspension of his license to sell cars.
That begins on March 1st.
He also has an ongoing civil suit with the Attorney General’s office, which accuses Geiser and his dealership of unfair and deceptive business practices.