Former automobile seller in Suamico, Kaukauna sentenced to 2.5 years in federal jail for fraud
GREEN BAY – A person who previously owned used automobile dealerships in Suamico and Kaukauna was sentenced Thursday to 2½ years in federal jail for defrauding sellers and purchasers of autos at his companies.
John Solberg, 40, was charged in federal court in 2019 with 15 counts of fraud. As half a plea deal, 14 counts had been dismissed and Solberg entered a responsible plea to at least one fraud depend in August.
Following his jail sentence, Solberg will spend three years on supervised launch. The court docket additionally ordered Solberg pay round $290,000 in restitution to the fraud victims.
Solberg first opened a used automobile dealership known as Backwoods Bargains in Suamico in 2012. He later modified the identify of the enterprise to Customary Pre-Owned and opened a second location in Kaukauna, in keeping with the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for the Jap District of Wisconsin.
Whereas proudly owning these companies, Solberg and others underneath his route performed a scheme the place they might contact individuals who listed their autos on the market on Craigslist and provide to promote the people’ autos on consignment at his dealerships. Solberg would then promote the consignment autos with out paying the house owners and provides purchasers fraudulent automobile titles, in keeping with court docket data.
Solberg additionally made false statements to sellers concerning the standing and site of their consigned autos, and gave promissory notes he didn’t intend to honor and wrote nugatory checks to sellers after they found their autos had been offered with out their data, in keeping with the indictment.
By means of this scheme, Solberg and others working with him wrongfully acquired greater than $250,000, in keeping with the indictment.
In keeping with court docket paperwork, Solberg’s lawyer requested a sentence of probation with no jail time, and identified that Solberg may have extra problem paying the complete restitution quantity if he’s in jail and never allowed to proceed to work.
Decide William C. Griesbach dominated that jail time was vital as a result of “the magnitude of the crime and to ship a message to Solberg and others that benefiting from folks will lead to severe penalties,” in keeping with the lawyer’s workplace.
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