This partnership helps to create states’ interest in odometer enforcement by providing:

 

A.  Financial Assistance: An essential part of the partnership is generating interest in the enforcement of odometer fraud by  providing financial assistance through the Cooperative Reimbursable Agreement. This agreement was implemented to provide federal assistance to selected state agencies in support of their odometer fraud investigations and prosecutions.  Those state agencies that have authority to enforce federal and/or state odometer laws and regulations qualify for the one year minimum $30,000 Reimbursable Agreement to:

1. Conduct investigations and prosecutions {required);

2. File injunctions and recover damages for consumer;

3. Conduct studies to detect weaknesses in motor vehicle laws, titling regulations, etc.;

5. Increase awareness through educational programs;

6. Sponsor/coordinate/participate in local, regional and/or national conferences.

The Cooperative Agreement process begins October 1st of each year (start of Federal government Fiscal year).  However, states that qualify and are interested may apply through Grants.gov once the announcement is published; up to five (5) states may be selected, then any additional applicants will be considered for the next Fiscal year; however, you must still apply through Grants.gov.

B.  Training / Education: When requested, our staff members will conduct training on how to identify fraudulent documents, and how to identify and investigate odometer fraud cases.

C.  Investigative Assistance: The investigators assist state agencies with their investigations that may result in referral for federal prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice.