A former sales manager of the Mercedes dealership in Texarkana denies wrongdoing in response to a lawsuit accusing him of costing the business more than $100,000 in fraudulent computer transactions after he was fired.
The complaint filed on behalf of Gregg Orr Motors, which owns the Mercedes dealership in Texarkana, Texas, accuses Timothy Scott Wooten of “trading off” 14 cars that were pre-sold after he was terminated June 4.
Wooten allegedly accessed the dealership’s computer system or the manufacturer’s computer system between June 5 and June 9 without authorization, according to the lawsuit. In addition to trading off presold cars, including five custom order units and three with pre-paid deposits, Wooten allegedly made nearly $800,000 in automobile purchases that Orr has since been able to cancel, according to the lawsuit.
Wooten did not respond to social media or voice mail messages seeking comment. Texarkana lawyer Brent Langdon declined to comment beyond the allegations in the complaint.
Wooten filed a response to the lawsuit on his own behalf Thursday without the benefit of a lawyer. Wooten’s answer to Orr’s complaint states, “I was never terminated. I had authorization, I had a username and password and was the administrator of the system.”
That single sentence is printed after each of the causes of action listed in Orr’s complaint. Those include, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary, breach of contract, unauthorized computer access and computer fraud and abuse.
Orr seeks actual damages of $112,000, exemplary damages, attorney fees and court costs.
“In an attempt to make things right and salvage Orr’s business reputation on the units involving existing and prospective customers or dealerships, Orr will potentially be required to give back the three down payments on the lost units, will incur a loss of profits as calculated, and the salespeople will lose their commissions on the units,” the complaint states.
The case is currently pending before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas.