A man living with his ailing mother in Los Angeles will spend five years in prison for fraud. According to prosecutors, the man conspired with at least three other people to steal money from classic car buyers.
Investigators say the group placed Craigslist ads in various cities offering to sell classic cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s. Favorite targets included Los Angeles; Chattanooga, TN; Albuquerque, NM; Minneapolis, MN, Omaha, NE; Peoria, IL; and Atlanta, GA. The conspirators used several different telephone numbers and email addresses to communicate with potential victims. Once they received payments from the buyers, they stopped communicating with them.
The group recruited other parties to receive wire transfers from the victims, open new bank accounts or use existing accounts. The conspirators split the proceeds from the scam sales. Investigators say that the group collected nearly $150,000 from at least 14 buyers around the country.
The man pleaded guilty to the charges against him. A judge in Norfolk, VA granted the man a bond to return to Los Angeles to care for his mother. The man failed to appear for sentencing, so the court issued an arrest warrant. Los Angeles authorities arrested the man and returned him to Norfolk for sentencing.
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