ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A Moldovan man has admitted to taking part in an Internet scheme that duped potential automobile buyers out of thousands of dollars.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said 27-year-old Dumitru Doban pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy Thursday in federal court in Rochester.
Prosecutors said Doban, a citizen of Moldova, was part of a group that posted vehicles for sale online and collected payments through bogus websites.
Authorities said 18 people from Arizona, New York, California, Nevada, North Carolina and Canada sent a total of $257,000 in payments but never received vehicles.
Charges against a second Moldovan man are pending.
Doban faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in April.