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Minnesota man among the three criminals involved ID theft scheme and money laundering has finally been sentenced to jail for more than two years – announced the U.S. Attorney’s Minnesota district office.
The 44-year-old Vladimir Chevtayev was finally sentenced on last Tuesday after pleading guilty in January. According to the attorney’s office, he was one of the three criminals who committed fraud involving auto financing scheme. These fraudsters targetted financial institutions.
Earlier this summer, the other two criminals, Ruslan Furman and Thomas Poplar, were sentenced to prison. Furman was sentenced to two years for intensified identity theft whereas, the latter was sentenced to three years as he found guilty for conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Chevtayev worked in Hopkins at an auto repair business which had a dealership license permitting purchasing and selling of vehicles at auctions, as per investigators. The other two worked at a Dodge dealership in Gurnee, Illinois.
The attorney’s office stated that the three used dead buyer’s names and stolen identities to apply for fraudulent financing. Moreover, they also paid people to use their information for purchasing luxury vehicles. In fact, the vehicles being financed were sometimes damaged, worthless or didn’t exist.
The three were accused of funds laundering through various bank accounts.