ODA revokes Columbus auctioneer’s license

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio - Ohio Agriculture Director Fred L. Dailey has signed an administrative order permanently revoking the Auctioneer License of Dale Devore, owner and operator of Premier Auction of Columbus.

The department is currently investigating 23 complaints that Devore allegedly commingled client and personal monies, failed to remit funds due to consignors, and passed bad checks totaling more than $50,000. 

“More than 20 citizens have come forward with information about Devore since we issued a public request for help with our investigation,” said Dailey.

“That helped us take action to prevent more people from being cheated.”  

Injunction. In addition, Judge David W. Fais of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court has entered a permanent injunction restraining Devore from acting as a licensed auctioneer in Ohio.

Devore agreed to both the permanent injunction and the administrative ruling.  

Many of Devore’s past auctions have been conducted at the Haimerl Center, 1421 Morse Road, Columbus. 

The state agriculture department helps assure auctioneers are licensed and act in accordance with the law by investigating complaints, taking administrative action against those not in compliance, administering quarterly test sessions for individual auctioneers and monthly test sessions for apprentices, and reviewing applications and renewals. 

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