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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.

Associated Press,

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