Service members are forbidden from purchasing vehicles from a local car dealership because of illegal referral fees known as “bird-dogging.”
The Navy announced Tuesday that US Auto Excellence on Holland Road is added to its Hampton Roads off-limits list for business. The Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board for Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina made the recommendation for the decision at its Nov. 7 meeting, according to a news release.
“Bird-dogging” is when a person who doesn’t work for a dealership refers a prospective buyer and gets a cut of money to do so, which is an illegal practice under Virginia law.
US Auto Excellence has a chance to remove its name from the off-limits list if it notifies the AFDCB of corrective changes in writing and the board deems them satisfactory. If it doesn’t send that note to the board, business representatives are required to appear in person for a formal hearing, according to the news release.
The AFDCB is a team of military members and civilian advisers working with law enforcement and local businesses. Together, they identify issues that could negatively affect armed forces members’ health, safety, welfare and discipline. For the full list of off-limits, click here.