KENNETH CITY, FL - Pinellas County detectives arrested 45-year-old John Creel of Treasure Island and charged him with nine alleged counts of odometer fraud, according to the Web site,

Deputies say Creel, the owner of Creel Motors in Kenneth City, was arrested after a citizen reported a discrepancy in the odometer reading on a vehicle he was interested in buying.

According to detectives the investigation began on November 24, 2008 when a citizen was interested in buying a 1995 Nissan Maxima with an odometer reading of 83,000 miles. The citizen took the vehicle information and ran a CARFAX vehicle history report and the report returned the actual mileage as being 161,000 miles. After further investigations detectives found eight more cases of alleged fraud, resulting in the additional charges against Creel.

Creel was arrested at his dealership and then released on $45,000 bond.