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Police: Used-car dealer bilks customers out of money

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A used-car dealer accused of ripping off customers for tens of thousands of dollars has turned himself in, according to Cartersville police.

Terry Spruell came to police headquarters around 2:30 p.m. Friday. After questioning, he was taken to Bartow County jail. Spruell has been charged with 12 counts of theft by deception.

In some cases, North Georgia Financing is accused of selling cars without delivering the titles.

In others, people would bring in their cars to sell, but the company wouldn't give them a penny.

Mary Whisnant said her daughter put down $2,000 for a used car from Spruell, but he never delivered the title.

Each time she called Spruell gave the same excuse, Whisnant said.

"He was getting to it, he was getting to it, give him another day," Whisnant said.

Whisnant eventually got fed up she stopped at Spruell's lot, but when she got here he already had moved without leaving a trace.

"He's a scoundrel. I'm so angry, I'm so mad, I can't put it into words," Whisnant said.

Denisha Durham shared a similar story.

Durham said she bought a Chevrolet Cavalier from Spruell.

The car broke about a week after she drove it off the lot, Durham said.

Spruell gave her four different loaner cars, but each of them broke down as well, Durham said.

When she went back to reclaim her Cavalier, she found only an eviction notice on the door of Spruell's business.

"(I'm out) $2,600, and I'm out a car," Durham said.

Durham and Whisnant are two of 10 victims who Spruell tricked, police said.

Capt. Mark Camp said Spruell would sell cars to customers but fail to deliver the titles.

In other cases, car owners would bring their car to sell through North Georgia.

Spruell would sell the car but never give the sellers their money.

"The business dealings he did were not what they should be," said Cartersville Police Capt. Mark Camp. "The buyers cannot get the titles to their cars and register their cars and get their tags for them."

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