Saturday, January 4, 1997
Seven Reds employees
on Schott buyers list

Allen, Bowden say they didn't receive cars on invoices

BY GEOFF HOBSON
and JOHN ERARDI
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Seven Cincinnati Reds employees, including acting CEO John Allen, are among those who Marge Schott falsely claimed bought cars from her Chevrolet-Geo dealership, according to an affidavit from a General Motors auditor.

Allen and two other current employees contacted Friday said they didn't receive a car and declined further comment.

The name of Amy Bowden, wife of Reds' General Manager Jim Bowden, also appears on what GM alleges is a phony invoice. Bowden said they did not receive the car listed.

The affidavit from Eric Arundel is included in GM's Dec. 4 complaint against Schott filed with the Ohio Motor Vehicle Dealers Board. The complaint alleges that Schott falsified 57 sales to meet quarterly quotas to keep the franchise.

Two former Reds staffers are also included on the list of alleged purchasers that Schott Chevy submitted to GM.

Sources close to the case have indicated the people whose names were used were unaware of what GM calls an ''elaborate scheme'' by Schott.

Schott could not be reached for comment.

The Reds' connection has drawn the interest of Major League Baseball, even though Schott has two seasons left in her suspension from running the club day-to-day.

Baseball has a range of options, from doing nothing to taking the Reds away from her.

National League spokesman Ricky Clemons reiterated Friday there will be no investigation until Schott's case with GM is resolved.

Sources said Friday Schott is near an agreement to sell the dealership, but baseball officials have said that would not stop an investigation.

According to a list that is part of Arundel's affidavit, Allen was ''sold,'' a white four-door Lumina for $16,035.75 on Sept. 29, 1995. But GM says the vehicle was actually sold to Schott Car and Truck Rental on Feb. 19,1996.

''Schott created a fabricated invoice for each ficticious sale, purporting to document a sale that did not take place,'' Arundel said.

''Schott then sold the vehicles at auctions or to other 'real' purchasers approximately four to eleven months after the fabricated sales reported to GM.''

Amy Bowden was ''sold,'' a Camaro Z28 on Sept. 22, 1995, which GM says was one of 24 vehicles falsely reported as sold to customers in September 1995 but actually went to auction nearly a year later.

''We bought a Chevy Lumina Van. We don't know anything about (a Camaro Z-28),'' Jim Bowden said.

Pat McCaffrey, the Reds' director of season ticket sales, and Brad Kullman, administrative assistant/baseball operations, said Friday they did not receive a car.

Publicity assistant Charles Henderson, who was supposedly sold a Corsica on Sept. 28, 1995, said ''I bought a used car (from Marge Schott Chevrolet-Geo). It's a '94 Geo.''

Traveling secretary Gary Wahoff and staffers Bob Harrison and Jeff Guilkey, were on the list and couldn't be reached for comment.

GM alleges ''29 of the 57 misreported vehicles were later sold by Schott as 'used' vehicles to different customers, or as 'new,' vehicles to Schott Car and Truck Rental. A total of 24 were sold by Schott at auctions and the other four were later sold to other customers by Schott Buick, her Norwood dealership that is not involved in the case.

The documents say Schott used the names of acquaintances and friends, as well as dealership personnel for ''ficticious purchasers.''

Among those GM allege as fake purchasers are three sales to Alton Brick Co., Schott's St. Louis company, and four to Deaconess Medical, a Cincinnati office building she owns.

GM'S LIST OF 57 ALLEGEDLY FAKED SALES

GM SAYS SCHOTT FAKED SALES Published Dec. 24, 1996

BASEBALL TO EXAMINE GM ALLEGATIONS Published Jan. 2, 1997

REDS BOOKS ACCURATE, ALLEN SAYS Published Jan. 3, 1997