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Springfield Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for eBay Fraud, Making False Statements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2010

Springfield, Ill. – A Springfield, Ill., man, Anthony A. Woodson, 40, was sentenced to serve 15 months in the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons for fraud. On Oct. 12, Woodson appeared before U.S. District Judge Richard Mills who also ordered that Woodson pay restitution in the amount of $63,876, to the victim of the eBay fraud and the remaining outstanding balance on two loans. Woodson was ordered to report to the Bureau of Prisons in approximately 30 days to begin serving his sentence.

Woodson, of the 2200 block of Greenside Drive, waived indictment and pled guilty to an information on June 9, 2010, to one count each of wire fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution. According to information disclosed in the factual basis of the plea agreement and during court proceedings, Woodson admitted that in June 2008, on eBay, he posted a 1986 Ferrari 328 for sale. The auction closed without a buyer; however, Woodson contacted one of the bidders, a car salesman in Montreal, Canada and agreed to sell the car for $37,000. The buyer paid Woodson a $1,000 deposit on July 9, 2008, and Woodson provided the buyer with the car’s VIN, photos and a copy of the 2008 Illinois Registration card as proof of ownership. On July 22, the buyer wired Woodson $36,000; however, the buyer never received the car and his money was not returned. In fact, Woodson admitted that he had sold the car in April 2006, more than two years prior to posting it for sale on eBay.

Woodson further admitted that he made false statements to financial institutions in 2006. In February 2006, Woodson applied for and received a Small Business Administration loan in the amount of $42,000, which was later increased to $48,000, to purchase Egyptian artifacts for his business, “King Tut’s Treasures, Inc.” In June 2006, Woodson applied for another SBA loan for “Ancient Egyptian Treasures,” which he also represented as being in the business of displaying ancient Egyptian artifacts. On his application for the second SBA loan, Woodson falsely answered the questions pertaining to current and previous SBA loans. In August 2006, another SBA loan in the amount of $73,695 was approved and granted. Woodson defaulted on both SBA loans.

The charges were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Springfield Police Department; and the Office of Inspector General for the Small Business Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Bohm.

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