Dale Sundeen, the Colorado Department of Revenue Auto Industry Division’s criminal investigator who was investigating Grand Junction’s Red Rock dealerships, quit his job with the state and went to work for Red Rock Auto Group as their “Corporate Director of Compliance.”
The news, considered shocking by many Red Rock victims, came in the form of an undated press release (pdf) from Bryan Knight, owner of the Red Rock Auto Group. It said Sundeen started working for Red Rock on February 21.
Sundeen had been an investigator with the state Auto Industry Division on the western slope for over 11 years.
Sundeen had most recently been in charge of investigating Red Rock dealerships for fraudulent sales tactics like the dealerships’ misuse of customers’ digital signatures to hike prices and add extras to customers’ contracts without their knowing, and forging customers’ signatures on contracts, credit applications, titles, Powers of Attorney and other documents.
Reaction from the community was swift.
A victim of Red Rock’s IPad trick and forgery said, “I can’t believe it. Wow, that is insane. Dude, what a traitor. Think of all the people who were counting on him.”
A former employee who had been fired from Red Rock for refusing to go along with the dealership’s illegal activities said,
“He’ll help them get out of hot water and spruce up their image and then they’ll let him go. I’m sure they’re hoping any investigation will go away now.”
A former Red Rock salesperson who quit the dealership after feeling morally compromised by working there said,
“It’s crazy sh*t. It’s like the Sopranos run Red Rock.”
A person who formerly worked in the local auto business said, “It’s a smoke show. They should take what they’re paying Sundeen and use it instead to train their people to do things the right way. What’s your soul worth?”