Creditors seize Idaho car dealer's inventory


The Ford Motor Credit Co. has seized its vehicles from the bankrupt Gilbert Auto Ford in Moscow after it and other creditors were granted permission in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to take back assets from dealerships in Idaho and Washington owned by Mark Gilbert.

Moscow Police Chief David Duke says officers responded to the dealership at 8 p.m. June 5 to stand by as Ford repossessed its property, which will likely be distributed to other dealers.

The court also allowed Chetwood Properties, which owns the property, to proceed with its lawsuit seeking $10,000 in back rent and termination of its lease.

Gilbert also is facing two criminal charges of failing to keep records at a primary place of business, which were filed after an Idaho Transportation Department investigator came to the Moscow dealership to look into claims from customers that their trade-ins were never paid off or they hadn't received titles for their new vehicles. Many have reported damage to their credit.

Neither Gilbert nor his attorney could be reached for comment.

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