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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Manhattan Man Pleads Guilty To Scheme To Defraud Car Buyers Over The Internet

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that DAVON DAVIS pled guilty today to wire fraud charges in connection with a scheme to defraud prospective car buyers over the Internet.  DAVIS pled before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa M. Smith in White Plains federal court.

DAVIS is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Bharara stated:  “Davon Davis brazenly defrauded individuals who thought they were purchasing cars with their hard-earned money, but in fact there were no cars to be sold.  Davis has now admitted his crime and will face the consequences of his actions.”

According to the Information filed in White Plains federal court and public information: 

From late 2013 through early 2015, DAVIS and others defrauded individuals who sought to purchase cars over the Internet from businesses they believed were located in White Plains, New York, and other locations.  In reality, the address in White Plains and the businesses did not exist, and DAVIS and his co-conspirators did not own or legally possess any of the cars that were supposedly for sale on the Internet.  DAVIS and his co-conspirators stole close to $200,000 from car buyers located all over the United States.

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DAVIS faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on the charge in the Information.  The statutory maximum penalty is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.

DAVIS will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Karas on a date to be determined.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, and the White Plains Police Department.

This case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. Collins Jr. and Special Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Abinanti of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office are in charge of the prosecution.


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Updated March 2, 2017