A Kansas City ex-convict was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly running a classic car scam in which he sold cars he didn’t own.
The Kansas City Star reported 50-year-old Travis D. Oberg was indicted on charges of wire fraud and transportation of a stolen vehicle. He has previously spent time in prison on other fraud-related charges.
Oberg was allegedly doing business through a company he started called Maaco Sales and Reconditioning. There is no affiliation with the longstanding MAACO collision repair and automotive painting company.
“Oberg used the Maaco company name as a pretense to imply that he was involved in a legitimate automobile-related business,” the indictment said.
Under the scam, Oberg would show prospective buyers titles and photos of cars he did not own. The Star said one victim in Connecticut sent Oberg $53,000 in July 2017 to purchase four cars: a 1973 BMW, a 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL, a 1985 Porsche 911 and a 1967 Jaguar XKE.
In August 2017, Oberg allegedly accepted $37,000 from the manager of the Beverly Hills Car Club for the same Porsche and Jaguar he supposedly sold to the victim in Connecticut.
Oberg never delivered the vehicles. Some victims were sent photos of refund checks, but they never received those.
Oberg, who was also charged with transporting a stolen 1957 Ford Thunderbird to Connecticut in June 2017, has been in federal custody since March. His parole was revoked in a separate fraud case.
In December, the Better Business Bureau issued a warning about Oberg and said he was a known fraudster. In that warning, the BBB said Oberg had allegedly tried to sell a victim two 1966 Chevrolet Impalas he did not own.