NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A judge sentenced a Los Angeles man for running a classic car fraud scheme out of Hampton Roads.
Shakir McNeal, 45, received just over 5 years in prison for the crimes, which happened between 2012 and 2015.
He pleaded guilty to posting sale listings for 1960s and 1970s classic and muscle cars on Craigslist websites for cities across the country — with no intent of actually delivering the car.
McNeal would communicate with interested buyers by using multiple telephone numbers and email accounts, and then abandon the numbers when he was able to obtain the buyers’ money.
Court documents show McNeal worked with at least 3 other people — and used banks in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake to manage the money.
McNeal and the co-conspirators stole $143,675 from 14 victims, according to court documents.
He pleaded guilty to the crimes in November of 2017, and was granted bond to be with his sick mother in Los Angeles before his February 2018 sentencing, but failed to appear. After the court issued an arrest warrant, he was arrested again on June 12 and returned to Norfolk for sentencing.