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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Harrison County Resident Sentenced to Prison for Wire Fraud

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - On May 10, 2017heather Jean Reekr, Rodney Lee Crosby, Jr., a 35 year-old resident of Pisgah, Iowa, was sentenced by Senior United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner to 27 months in prison following his conviction on one count of wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Crosby was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his imprisonment and pay $45,084 in restitution to the victims of his fraud scheme.


On January 30, 2017, Crosby pleaded guilty to the charge. This case was the result of a law enforcement investigation of Crosby’s scheme to defraud classic vehicle buyers through his business, Hot Rod Classics, in Pisgah, Iowa. The scheme involved Crosby accepting monetary down payments from classic car purchasers and then failing to deliver the vehicles to the buyers. The estimated loss to the victims was approximately $45,084, based on Crosby’s fraudulent conduct.


The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.





Learn more about this release by calling Rachel J. Scherle at 515-473-9300, or by emailing her at










Financial Fraud
Updated May 11, 2017