Per the charges, from November 2016 through July 2018, the defendants carried out a wide-ranging fraudulent scheme that typically involved impersonating legitimate sellers of cars, tricking victims into providing payment for those cars, withdrawing the funds from banks around the country using efforts designed to evade scrutiny, and wiring the proceeds outside the United States. The government has claimed that the defendants’ scheme defrauded victims of more than $4.5 million.
Each of the defendants was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Result: Below-Guideline Sentence of 18 months.
United States District Court – Eastern District of New York
Docket: 18 Cr. 509