Orlando Man Sentenced for Car Dealer Scheme
Orlando, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces today that U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II sentenced Evens Paul (30, Orlando) to 46 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for wire fraud. He was also ordered to pay $94,664.33 in restitution to his victims. Paul pled guilty on April 25, 2011.
According to his plea agreement, beginning in August 2010 and continuing until January 2011, Paul and others engaged in a scheme to defraud banks and auto dealerships through the negotiation of worthless and forged checks, in an attempt to obtain vehicles from numerous auto dealerships throughout Florida. As the first step in the scheme, a co-conspirator would contact a car dealer, negotiate the purchase of a vehicle, and promise to pay for the vehicle in the form of a wire transfer. The dealer then provided its bank account information for the wire transfer. Rather than send a wire transfer, Paul or another member of the scheme would deposit a worthless or forged check into the car dealer’s account. Then, either he or another member would attempt to take delivery of the vehicle before the bank or dealer learned that the check that had been deposited was fraudulent. If they were successful in getting a vehicle, Paul or a co-conspirator would then immediately sell the vehicle to another dealer.
During its investigation, the United States Secret Service identified 40 fraudulent transactions, totaling more than $2.5 million, that were attempted as part of this scheme. Paul was involved in more than $400,000 of those attempted fraudulent transactions and was successful in obtaining the delivery of four vehicles. Two of those vehicles were recovered by the dealer before they could be sold. The other two were sold and proceeds were distributed amongst some of the members of the scheme, including Paul.
On January 26, 2012, Winston James (30, Winter Springs) was sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in this scheme and a second unrelated, multi-million dollar fraud scheme. As part of his sentence for the two schemes, James was ordered to pay $575,703.33 in restitution to his victims.
Other individuals have been prosecuted for their minor roles in this scheme. On September 27, 2011, Samuel Perrot (24, Orlando) was sentenced to one year of probation and four months of home detention, and ordered to pay $69,500 in restitution. On October 6, 2011, Jambauking Paul (26, Kissimmee) was sentenced to three years of probation and six months of home detention. On December 16, 2011, Erick Paul (28, Kissimmee) was sentenced to three years of probation, eight months of home detention, and ordered to pay $69,298 in restitution.
These cases were investigated by the United States Secret Service. They were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.