A Scottsdale man could face up to five years in prison and pay $320,000 in fines and restitution for operating a scheme in which he wrote bad checks to obtain vehicle titles, federal authorities announced Wednesday.
Robert A. Green, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud Tuesday before U.S. District Magistrate Virginia Mathis, according to information released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Billings, Mont.
Green was indicted in Montana on six counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering in August. The case was transferred to Arizona on March 23.
From January to March 2001, Green executed a scheme to defraud David
Sellers of Certified Auto Sales in Billings, with whom he had entered a business relationship, an attorney’s office news release said.
Green knowingly wrote bad checks to Sellers for the vehicles on a wholesale basis so he could obtain the vehicle titles and resell them, the attorney’s office said.
Green received the vehicle titles from Sellers and took retail sales profits from 10 vehicles, the attorney’s office reported.
Green is to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Martone on Sept. 26 in Phoenix. Green could not be reached for comment.