NEW YORK A Kentucky
scrapyard owned by David J. Joseph Co. (DJJ) has been issued a
225-count summons for allegedly not entering vehicle
identification numbers (VINs) into a law enforcement database
that tracks stolen vehicles.
Newport, Ky.-based River Metals
Recycling LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cincinnati,
Ohio-based DJJ, was issued the summons after law enforcement
officials discovered that several stolen cars had been
processed at the facility, Detective John Dunn of the Newport
Police Department told AMM.
"We have city ordinances that
apply to scrapyards. On several occasions, we told them that
they needed to start inputting VINs into our online database,"
Dunn said. "Around the end of December, they contacted us and
said they wanted to be in compliance. By the end of January,
however, they were still not in compliance, at which point we
began an investigation."
According to Dunn, the
investigation revealed that River Metals Recycling had received
225 vehicles for processing, resulting in the 225-count
summons. Each count carries a potential $50 fine.
A DJJ spokeswoman told
AMM that the company is cooperating with the police
and working to come into compliance.
"River Metals Recycling is
working cooperatively with the City of Newport and its police
department to resolve all record-keeping issues connected with
the purchase of scrap automobiles. All information requested by
the city has been provided," she said in an e-mail. "RMR
remains committed to provide timely reporting and record
keeping (including VIN numbers) of vehicle purchases in the
form and format requested by the city."
River Metals Recycling operates
a network of 10 scrap metal recycling facilities in Illinois,
Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.