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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Owner of Car Dealership Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Engaging in Large-Scale Fraud

NEWARK, N.J. – An Atlantic County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for his role in engaging in a pattern of fraudulent activity through his auto dealership, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Afzal Khan, aka “Bobby Khan,” 40, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to Count One of an indictment charging him with wire fraud.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:

From at least December 2013 through September 2014, Khan, through his car dealership,

Emporio Motor Group of Ramsey, New Jersey, engaged in acts to defraud lenders and customers. Khan obtained loans from the auto finance division of a large bank for cars that he never delivered, but for which the purchaser was still responsible. Khan also obtained loans from the victim bank for cars that were delivered, but for which neither he nor Emporio had title. As a result, the purchasers of these cars were liable for the loans, but could not register the cars. In addition, Khan offered to sell cars for individuals on consignment, but did not return the cars or provide any money to the individuals from the sale of the cars. Khan admitted that as a result of his actions, he exposed the victim bank to a potential loss of at least $550,000.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Khan to three years of supervised release and ordered forfeiture of $1.1 million. Restitution will be determined at a later date.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI’s Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ramsey Police Department for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Kogan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Cybercrime Unit in Newark. 

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
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Press Release Number: 
22-328
Updated September 7, 2022