November 20, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Romanian man was sentenced to eight years and one month in federal prison and a Russian woman got almost six years for scamming victims out of more than $4.4 million by selling non-existent cars over the Internet.
Authorities say 38-year-old Corneliu Weikum and 24-year-old Yulia Mishina-Heffron were sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro after pleading guilty in September to cash smuggling and wire and bank fraud charges.
Their lawyers say Weikum and Mishina-Heffron apologized before sentencing.
The two were convicted of taking part in a Romania-based scheme that advertised cars for sale on Internet from May 2007 to November 2010.
The judge also ordered Weikum and Mishina-Heffron to repay $4.4 million and to surrender more than $1.4 million in cash seized during the investigation.