The Oklahoma man whose lawsuit against General Motors Co. over flawed ignition switches was the first to go to trial hired a criminal-defense attorney after the carmaker accused him of perjury and check fraud, the lawyer said.
Robert Scheuer, who claims he was injured after a defective switch disabled his air bag in a 2014 wreck, hired New York attorney Priya Chaudhry to represent him in any criminal matters that may arise from GM’s claim that Scheuer lied on the witness stand about the details of his family’s eviction from their “dream home” months after the accident.
Chaudhry appeared in court Wednesday, as did his wife’s attorney, Charles Clayman.
Scheuer claimed the family was evicted from their new home because he misplaced a check for a down payment as a result of memory loss from the accident. GM now says an Oklahoma real estate agent came forward after the trial started, offering evidence that Scheuer was evicted for using a forged check stub for more than $441,000 to close on the sale and move in.
Scheuer, his wife and two children were evicted from the house in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, because the stub from his federal government retirement account used as “proof of funds” to close the sale was faked, GM’s lawyers said.
The case is Fleck v. General Motors LLC, 1:14-cv-08176, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).
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