An employee of Palm Beach Ferrari in Florida is accusing the automaker of using an electronic device to roll back the odometers of cars in order to drive up their value, The Daily Mail reports.
Robert ‘Bud’ Root began selling Ferraris at the dealership in 2009 but in 2016 was immediately fired and replaced by 32-year old Noelle Miskulin, who was at the time the dealership owner’s mistress and is now his wife. The dealer claimed Root was fired for an “egregious violation of business ethics,” however the real reason, he says, is that he objected to the use of a device that was used to roll back the odometers of some customers’ cars.
The device, which is actually the Ferrari Diagnostic Easy Integrated System (DEIS) used to diagnose problems with the car and make adjustments to the settings, is allegedly used to roll back in the odometers of customer cars when authorized through a network connection by Ferrari higher ups in Italy. In one instance, retired Sara Lee foods executive C. Steven McMillan apparently had the odometer of his LaFerrari turned to 0 before he sold it, boosting its value from $1 million to $3 million.
The dealership denied the allegations when asked for comment by The Daily Mail.
“The dealership does not litigate in the newspaper,” a dealer representative said. “Of course, we believe this case is wholly without merit and will be vigorously defended in court.”
Ferrari did not respond to a request for comment.