Internet auto scammers behind bars

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 1:59pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - State Racketeering charges have been filed against four Romanian-Moldovan nationals on March 25.

The individuals are part of a large international organized crime ring whose main source of illegal income is online auction fraud. This prosecution is part of an ongoing coordinated effort between State and Federal prosecutors, local law enforcement, the FBI and the United States Secret Service.

Dimitar Dimitrov, 22, Radu Manolache, 40, Ion Antohi, 25, and Andrei Golovco, 27, have been charged with one count of violating the Louisiana Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison. They are accused of participating in an automobile scam using counterfeit eBay and Auto Trader.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said, “By prosecuting these individuals under the RICO statute which carries serious penalties, we aim to send a message to other members of this organization to think twice about victimizing Louisiana citizens. These investigations and prosecutions will also help us better educate the public to keep our citizens from becoming victims in the first place.”

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