Boston - A Hungarian man was sentenced today in federal court in connection with an Internet car sales scheme.
Tamas Ringhoffer, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William G. Young to time-served and $78,000 in restitution. Ringhoffer pleaded guilty on June 19, 2012 to using a false, forged, counterfeit, or altered passport and conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. He has been in custody since November 2011 and is expected to be deported to Hungary.
On November 14, 2011 Ringhoffer entered the United States and began using false passports and drivers’ licenses to open bank accounts and post office boxes to receive mail. 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 November 29, 2011, just two weeks into the scheme, and after $78,000 worth of fraud.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Edward Davis, Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department; Bruce Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Robert Bethel, Postal Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Boston Division, made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott L. Garland and Veronica M. Lei of Ortiz’s Cybercrimes and Asset Forfeiture Units.