BOSTON - A Hungarian man was convicted today in federal court in connection with an Internet car sales scheme.
Tamas Ringhoffer, 31, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William G. Young to using a false, forged, counterfeit, or altered passport, and conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.
On Nov. 14, 2011, Ringhoffer entered the United States and began using false passports and driver’s licenses to open bank accounts and post office boxes. At the same time, co-conspirators sold multiple vehicles over the Internet and directed buyers to wire money for the vehicles to Ringhoffer’s bank accounts. Customers paid, but the conspirators never delivered the vehicles. Ringhoffer was arrested on Nov. 29, 2011, just two weeks into the scheme.
Judge Young scheduled sentencing for Sept. 11, 2012. Ringhoffer faces 10 years of prison on the passport fraud count and five years in prison on the conspiracy count. Each count also carries up to three years of supervised release upon release, restitution, forfeiture, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gain or loss, whichever is highest.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bruce Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of ICE-Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Robert Bethel, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott L. Garland and Veronica M. Lei of Ortiz’s Cybercrimes and Asset Forfeiture Units.