SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of selling ATV's he did not own and even though he was not a licensed dealer now faces numerous charges.
Brandon James Cornwall, 49, of Draper, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with two counts of equity skimming, a third-degree felony, along with two counts of failure of a dealer to deliver a title and six counts of acting in capacity without a license, both class A misdemeanors.
According to charging documents, Cornwall bought several ATV's from another business that he allegedly intended to use as rentals. Cornwall was the owner of Extreme Motorsports and was doing business as Rent Utah Toys, the charges state.
In 2018, at least two men bought 2017 Polaris Sportsman ATVs from Cornwall, but never received the title, according to charging documents. When they tried to register the vehicles, they learned that the other business still held liens on the titles. The owner of that business told investigators that Cornwall still owed him nearly $200,000 for his fleet of rentals, the charges state.
As investigators from the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division looked into the ATV sales, they discovered that from October 2019 to August, Cornwall sold four vehicles and listed another five on Facebook for sale, the charges state, even though "Cornwall does not have a license from the Motor Vehicle Division to act as a dealer."
Utah law requires an individual to have a dealer's license if that person sells a certain amount of vehicles in a year.
On the Facebook group Stolen From Me Salt Lake Valley Area, at least one person had made a couple of long posts warning others about Cornwall in 2018.