A Philadelphia used car dealer who was arrested last week after selling vehicles between 2019 and 2023 by collecting money for them from multiple buyers at the same time, but ultimately handing them over to just one person, could spend the rest of his life in prison, writes Jalopnik.
According to authorities, Edward Scott Rock is accused of victimizing approximately 120 clients in 36 states in the United States. In most cases, the vehicle was driven by people over the age of 65, older adults, and people with limited mobility or other disabilities. It was highlighted as a memorable case
He sold a wheelchair-accessible 2017 Ford T150 to 13 different people over the course of 11 months, but only one of them got it.
The minibus alone generated an income of $260,000, roughly 90 million forints converted at the current exchange rate; Over the course of four years, it caused more than $2.5 million in damage, equivalent to about 863 million Hungarian forints.
Rock led not only individuals, but also companies. He sold two trucks to one of the victims, a company that builds caravans, for $25,000, or roughly 9 million Hungarian forints, but they never arrived. After there were always some objections, after a few months, the businessman, who was his identity, asked for the money back To the Associated Press He made a statement about the case, but did not receive it until two years later, at the cost of daily phone calls and legal proceedings.
Rock could be sentenced to up to 170 years in prison, with 5 years of supervised release, and will also be required to pay $2.75 million: an amount equivalent to about 950 million forints that will cover compensation, fines and asset confiscation.