Car Dealer Theft By Swindle Trial Set 18 Apr 13

A trial date has been set for a Janesville car dealer accused of rolling back car odometers to illegally increase the value of the vehicles. 60-year-old Jeff Hagen of “Jeff’s Auto Body” in Janesville would then allegedly sell those vehicles. He’s facing a felony theft by swindle charge as well as 3 gross misdemeanor counts, and has pleaded Not Guilty. In court on Tuesday, the judge in the case scheduled a pre-trial hearing for Hagen for July 12th, with the jury trial then set to begin July 17th. Hagen faces up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines for the crimes. He is currently free on $5,000 bail.