5 involved in auto shop scam plead out
Five out of six employees of a now-defunct York Township auto shop accused of overcharging customers entered pleas in county court this week.
On Monday, Dean Michael Lake, 28, of York Township, Sheila V. Lake, 55, of eastern York County, and Ruth E. Hutchinson, 43, of Chanceford Township — who were originally facing multiple felony counts — each reached deals with prosecutors to plead to reduced misdemeanor counts of deceptive business practices and criminal conspiracy to commit deceptive businesses practices.
On Tuesday, Michael L. Lake II, 36, of York Township and Dean Matthew Lake, 30, of Windsor Township — the auto shop’s owner — also pleaded to counts of deceptive business practices and criminal conspiracy to commit deceptive businesses practices, and had other felonies dropped.
All of the defendants’ pleas were negotiated “guilty” pleas, with the exception of…