Saturday, March 27, 2021

Former owner of Adams Motor Company suing DOT

The former owner of Adams Motors Company, 60-year-old Bob Adams of Breda, is suing the Iowa Department of Transportation to stop it from interfering with his potential employment at other dealerships. Court records indicate that Adams was working at a Storm Lake dealership for about a year when the transportation department contacted that dealership in March 2020 and threatened to revoke its license if it continued to employ him. Adams lost his job. He says in court documents that he had been poised to become the dealership’s financial manager “because of his stellar performance.”

Adams owned dealerships for more than 10 years before he was arrested in 2018 for 16 felony charges for theft, fraudulent sales practices and ongoing criminal conduct.

Adams sought to have his probation terminated early during December so he could work as a district manager for a national life insurance company.

Adams is also facing two low-level citations for allegedly trespassing in a rural area just west of Breda on Nov. 16, according to court records.

Iowa law prohibits people from selling vehicles for a period of five years if they are convicted of a crime that is related to vehicle sales.

Adams is primarily disputing the DOT’s February 2020 decision that his guilty plea and deferred judgment qualifies as a conviction that bars him from selling vehicles. The case is pending and it’s currently unclear when it will be decided.

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