Justice Department attorneys have filed a lawsuit against a Tampa, Fla., towing company, alleging the company illegally auctioned off a Marine sergeant’s car while she was deployed to Okinawa.
The company, Target Recovery Towing, Inc. and Target Recovery & Transport, Inc., is accused of violating federal law by auctioning off the 2011 Nissan Versa belonging to Marine Sgt. Jennifer Eunjung Ko, without first getting a court order, according to the complaint filed Aug. 18 in federal court in Tampa. The actions were in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, the complaint alleges.
And although Ko, whose last name is now Wilbur, no longer had possession of the car, she still was responsible for the car payments, and continued making those monthly loan payments to her lender. She was in Okinawa for about two years, from February, 2017 until February, 2019. In June, 2020, she left the Marine Corps.