Couple Faces Fraud Charges for Salvage Site Featured

By Staff Writer November 29, 2018

The U.S. Attorney charged a Miami couple with wire fraud in connection with a fraudulent online car sales website.


Merkourios Alexopoulos and Sabrina Schnekker were indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.


According to the indictment, Alexopoulos and Schnekker operated Salvageworldauctions.com as an online retailer purporting to sell salvaged vehicles from August 2013 to May 2018.  Potential buyers would pay a $500 entrance fee to bid on the vehicles purportedly for sale.


Once a bid was accepted, Alexopoulos would allegedly discuss the final terms for the payment and delivery of the vehicles with the individual purchasers and instructed the victims to send the purchase monies via wire transfer or money orders to the various bank accounts controlled by Alexopoulos and Schnekker and maintained at City National Bank, Citi Bank, PNC Bank, Wells Fargo, Regions Bank, BB&T, Suntrust Bank, and Chase Bank, among others. 


After the victims transferred the purchase monies to the bank accounts controlled by Alexopoulos and Schnekker, the conspirators would use those monies to pay their personal expenses and to further the fraudulent scheme. 


The indictment further alleges that Alexopoulos and Schnekker never delivered, nor did the victims receive, the vehicles ordered and paid for by the victim purchasers from Alexopoulos and Schnekker through Salvageworldauctions.com.  In total, the investigation has revealed approximately 51 victims, with an approximate loss amount of $1.2 million.

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