Auto dealer pleads not guilty to bribery

A man accused of fraud and bribery involving vehicle titles is taking his case to trial.

Camden Fortney, 67, owner of Camden Motors, 2148 Broadway, pleaded not guilty Monday morning to charges of commercial bribery, which were handed up by a state grand jury earlier this year.

Fortney is scheduled for trial over 10 days starting March 29.

Working with insurance adjusters, Fortney obtained “clean” titles for several vehicles that should have had “salvage” titles, which allowed Fortney to sell the vehicles for more than they were worth, the indictment alleges.

Colorado Casualty Insurance ended up paying out more than $500,000 to buy back vehicles with fraudulent titles.

Fortney is free on $50,000 bond.

Mary Cross, 48, a former insurance adjuster in Adams County who also was charged in the case, was sentenced in July to a four-year deferred judgment after pleading guilty to commercial bribery.

Terry Robinson, 48, another insurance adjuster charged in the case, is expected to return to court later this week.


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