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DJJ's River Metals cited over vehicle tracking

Keywords: Tags  River City Metals, David J. Joseps Co., scrapyard, VINs, Nathan Laliberte

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.

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