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Man sentenced for car-selling scheme

Rochester Business Journal
June 24, 2014

A man who ran a fake car-selling Internet scam was sentenced for wire fraud conspiracy yesterday in Rochester.

Dumitru Doban, 27, a citizen of Moldova in Eastern Europe, had pleaded guilty in December to charges that he tricked 18 people in the United States and Canada into paying for nonexistent cars, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett Harvey.

He was sentenced to 46 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. and ordered to pay $257,489 in restitution.

Doban admitted participating in a larger conspiracy that included similar fraud committed by Alexandru Turcan, involving a total loss between $400,000 and $1 million. A third individual, Vasile Leu, is being prosecuted for allegedly participating in the same schemes.

Harvey said Doban used dishonest vehicle advertisements on eBay, AutoTrader.com and AutoTraderClassics.com to lure buyers. The buyers were directed to send wire transfers to bank accounts set up in four U.S. cities, including Rochester. The accounts were set up using fake names and fake Czech Republic passports. After receiving the money, Doban then transferred it overseas to Ukraine and Moldova.

The online buyers never received the vehicles that were offered in the advertisements.

Leu is being charged with wire fraud conspiracy as well. The case is still pending.

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