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The American Recovery Association and TalentValue have partnered to create an improved job board at The board is designed to attract new talent to the repossession field and to make job application quick and easy.

ARA, TalentValue Revamp Job Site

The American Recovery Association, in partnership with TalentValue, recently rolled out an improved ARA job board at It's part of the association's ongoing member recruitment strategy with TalentValue.

Through the job board, ARA members can post current job openings. The association intends for this new job board to connect ARA to fresh talent within the repossession industry, while also providing an indispensable resource for job hunters within the community.

The site is designed to make job application quick and easy for candidates, and streamline the reviewal process for employers.

"The launch of the ARA Job Board will form an important critical link to helping ARA members find great people," said Doug Duncan, president of TalentValue. "As this job board grows, it will have greater and greater impact on the industry as a whole, because the health of ARA's member companies will become stronger and more profitable."


Car With Unknown Lien Gets Repo'd

A Henrico, Virginia, woman said she spent thousands of dollars buying a vehicle and now has nothing to show for it. The car was repossessed through no fault of her own.

"I just think it's unfair. I mean, people work hard, try to do the best that they can, and then somebody just come along snatch everything," said Towanda Mahone.

Mahone says she and her husband woke up one morning in May, and her 2006 Nissan Murano was gone. At first they thought it had been stolen, but after they called police, they found out it had been repossessed by TitleMax.

They learned from TitleMax that there was a lien against the car's title, apparently established by a previous owner, and it had defaulted.

Meanwhile, Mahone had purchased the car from Grab N Go in Richmond, paying $1,500 down and $200 every two weeks for months—a total of about $3,000.

She believes Grab N Go should have known there was a problem with the title and should have communicated that to her.

"You sold me a vehicle that had some issues with you and TitleMax, and I got caught in the middle," said Mahone.

A local television station contacted one of the owners of Grab N Go on the phone, who said the dealership had no knowledge of the TitleMax lien.

"So when you went to the DMV to get the title and everything, you were not notified anything about a lien that TitleMax had?" the reporter asked. The owner replied that they weren't.

"So essentially, when the car was repossessed, it was as much a shock to you as it was to Ms. Mahone?" The owner stated that it was.

Consumer Attorney Ian Vance says that if, in fact, the TitleMax Lien was registered with DMV, Grab N Go would have learned that when the dealership applied for the title.

"DMV would notify the potential buyer of this issue, because it's contradictory to that application," said Vance. "If they were aware of this lien with TitleMax, then they had a duty to disclose that to this lady, to this new buyer."

In an email response to the reporter, TitleMax said it's currently investigating this matter.

Meanwhile, Mahone feels that Grab N Go should give her money back, stating that they had no right to sell the vehicle.


Man Threatens Agent With Handsaw

A man was arrested by San Angelo, Texas, police for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon July 30.

William Earnest Neill, 38, was arrested for "intentionally and knowingly threatening (the repo agent), and place him in fear of imminent serious bodily injury and did then and there intentionally and knowingly use and exhibit a deadly weapon, handsaw," according to court documents.

The victim advised investigating officers that, "he repossessed a gray 2013 Chrysler Town & Country, which was properly secured on his tow truck lift."

The victim told the officer that he was notifying San Angelo Police Communications of the repossession when Neill approached him and began to confront him about repossessing his vehicle. Neill entered the victim's vehicle and punched him twice on the head.

Neill then entered the Town & Country and produced a handsaw, which he used to cut both tow straps, according to the court documents. The victim then said Neill began to swing the handsaw in his direction placing him in fear for his safety.

Neill then got into the Town & Country and drove it off the lift and fled the scene.

The investigating officer found the handsaw and the cut tow straps at the scene by the victim's vehicle.

Neill was stopped and taken into custody. He is now in Tom Green County jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond.


Police: Man Fired Shots at Agent

A Kenna, Virginia, man was arrested for allegedly firing a weapon at a repo agent trying to repossess his vehicle.

On July 23, the repossession agent called 911 to report he had been shot while attempting to repossess a vehicle, according to a criminal complaint filed by Lt. Todd Roberts of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Roberts and Deputy Saltsgaver met with the alleged victim, who said he went to a residence to repossess a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu from James Albert Ramos, according to the complaint. The victim reported that Ramos was initially calm, but when the victim began to hook up the vehicle to the tow truck, Ramos allegedly stated he was going inside to get a gun.

Ramos allegedly came back outside and fired several rounds while standing near the back of the tow truck, according to the complaint. The victim was on the phone with his boss, who told him to drop the car and leave.

After speaking with the alleged victim, officers went to Ramos' residence. Ramos was not home, but deputies learned from a neighbor that he had gone to "straighten things out with the bank," according to the complaint.

While Saltsgaver and Roberts were at the residence, Ramos returned home. He allegedly admitted to firing rounds into the air while the victim was hooking up the car, the complaint states. Ramos gave the officers the firearm.

Ramos was charged with wanton endangerment involving a firearm; bond was set at $10,000.


Police: Agents Went Too Far

Joplin, Missouri, police say two repo agents went too far attempting to repossess a Dodge Durango by following its driver, ramming the vehicle and finally lifting it off the ground with the driver still inside.

Capt. Trevor Duncan said the incident took place shortly before 6 p.m., July 31.

Duncan said two tow trucks began chasing Deshun O. Johnson, 32, of Carthage. Matters came to a head at Illinois Avenue, where one of the tow trucks rammed the front passenger side of the Durango while the other blocked him in.

The operators then positioned their trucks at the front and back of the Durango and lifted it off the street with Johnson inside, according to Duncan. He said the trucks still had the Durango lifted up when an officer arrived on the scene.

Duncan said assault charges were being sought against both operators, along with a careless driving charge against the one who rammed Johnson's vehicle.


Woman Arrested After Repo Clash

Lincoln (Nebraska) Police arrested Amanda Bothwell, 26, in a hit-and-run case after allegedly running over the man who was trying to repossess her vehicle's tires and rims, July 26.

Officers were called shortly after midnight to investigate a report of an injured pedestrian. That's where they found the victim, a 33-year-old man, who told officers he was trying to repossess the property because Bothwell had not made a payment since April.

He told investigators that he explained his actions to Bothwell, who also goes by the name Amanda Molby.

The victim told officers that as he crouched down to remove a tire, Bothwell put the vehicle in reverse and ran over his legs as he yelled for her to stop. She left the scene where authorities found the victim with abrasions on his legs.

Police interviewed witnesses and Bothwell was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident.

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