A Los Angeles man was sentenced to more than five years in prison Thursday for running a classic car scam, the United States Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
Shakir McNeal, 45, pleaded guilty to posting cars for sale from the 1960s and ’70s on various websites, such as Craigslist, but had no intention of delivering the cars to the buyers. The cars were listed on Craigslist sites in Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Chattanooga, Los Angeles, Omaha, Peoria and Atlanta.
McNeal and several co-conspirators — Anthony V. Newton, Shaquana K. Taylor, Dewrel L. Burleson — used various email accounts and phone numbers that they would abandon after getting a buyer’s money. They also used multiple bank accounts.
The attorney’s office said McNeal and the others stole a total of $143,675 from 14 victims.
McNeal pleaded guilty in November. He was scheduled to be sentenced in February but was placed on bond to visit his ailing mother. He failed to show up to his sentencing and a warrant was issued.
McNeal was arrested June 12 in Los Angeles. McNeal’s sentence came about one week after the United States Attorney’s Office charged 25 people in another classic car scam that allegedly swindled $4.5 million from victims.