Birmingham auto auction site to pay $10 million in penalties, fees, and penalties

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A $10-million civil penalty levied against a Birmingham auto dealership for allegedly accepting illegal bids on used cars has been settled, the attorney general’s office announced Tuesday.

State Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement that the dealership in question was fined a total of $2.5 million by the state attorney general for the unlawful conduct.

Balderas’ office said the dealership received a $2 million fine for violations of the Fair Dealing Act.

The attorney general also levied a $5.6 million civil penalty against the dealership for “willful failure to pay the fines.”

The Attorney General’s Office said the company that owned the dealership, Auctions Motor Vehicle in Birmingham, will pay $2,500 per day in restitution to all individuals who were affected by the unlawful act.