Used-car salesman guilty on 21 felonies, jailed by judge
A jury this afternoon returned guilty verdicts on 21 of 23 felony counts against a used-car salesman accused of defrauding customers by selling salvaged vehicles with clean titles.
Camden Fortney, 65, of Grand Junction, was ordered jailed without bond by District Judge Brian Flynn, until Fortney’s sentencing on June 22. Fortney had pleaded with the judge to let him remain free on bond, saying he still needs to shut down his business, Camden Motors, before a likely trip to prison.
“If I were in your shoes, I’d at least have a thought about fleeing,” Flynn told Fortney.
Flynn cited Fortney’s potential “substantial” prison term, in addition to testimony during Fortney’s trial showing had lived part-time in Europe, in keeping Fortney jailed before sentencing.
“It shows he knows ways to leave the country,” the judge added.
Fortney drove his own pickup truck to the Mesa County Justice Center to hear the verdict in his trial.
He was convicted on 15 counts of commercial bribery, four counts of theft and two counts of conspiracy, The jury found him not guilty on two counts of bribery.
Testimony during Fortney’s two-week trial included 17 people who purchased vehicles from Camden Motors, while a prosecutor with the Colorado Attorney General’s office argued Fortney would pay out bribes ranging from $100 to $500 to insurance adjusters, allowing him to buy salvaged vehicles. The vehicles were later repaired and Fortney passed them off as having clean titles, prosecutor Terrence Gillespie told jurors.
Read more in Friday’s Daily Sentinel.