GRETNA – A local car dealership is being sued by a couple who claim that after they purchased a new car they were inundated by requests to pay an extra $3,000 they claim they do not owe.

Wayne and Lynette Cheramie filed suit against Leson Chevrolet Company Inc. and Michael Brenner in the 24th Judicial District Court on Dec. 5.

The Cheramies allege that on Oct. 6, 2014 they put down $3,000 on the purchase of a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe which they purchased in full for a total price of $51,455 through cashier’s checks two days later. The plaintiffs contend that following the purchase Leson Chevrolet Company Inc. and Brenner made defamatory and false written and verbal threats in an attempt to get them to pay an additional $3,000. The plaintiffs claim they have already paid the full amount for the vehicle requested by the defendants.

The Cheramies assert that the defendants have refused to send the vehicle’s registration documents to the State Department of Motor Vehicles, thus disallowing them from securing a license plate for the vehicle. The plaintiffs claim Leson Chevrolet Company Inc. and Brenner have gone as far as to send a repossession service to their home in an attempt to retake possession of the vehicle or get them to pay the requested $3,000.

The defendant is accused of breach of contract and defamation.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for emotional distress and mental anguish.

The plaintiffs are represented by attorney Patrick J. Kehoe of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Henry G. Sullivan Jr.

Case no. 744-890.

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