Owners of Shelby County car lot face charges of illegal business practices

Two owners of a Shelby County car lot face 106 charges of illegal business practices, Kentucky State Police said Tuesday.

Donnie Ethington, 70, of Shelbyville, and William T. Ledford, 84, of Somerset, the owners of Ethington Auto Sales LLC, are scheduled to appear May 10 in Shelby County District Court, police said in a news release.

State police began an investigation into the car lot in March. Troopers executed a search warrant on March 31 and seized records, computers and one vehicle from the business.

As a result of that investigation, state police filed 106 charges against Ethington and Ledford.

Those charges include two counts of receiving a vehicle with a removed or altered Vehicle Identification Number; two counts of obscuring the identity of a machine; 22 counts of violating a law in which a motor dealer is required to give title to a purchaser; 76 counts of improper use of dealer plates; two counts of improper use of a temporary tag when required; and two other misdemeanor counts.

State police said the investigation continues and that more charges might be filed.