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Tue Sep 17, 2019, 03:12 AM

Former Salesman of Porsche Dealership Pleads Guilty to Over $3 Million Fraud Scheme Involving Non-

Former Salesman of Porsche Dealership Pleads Guilty to Over $3 Million Fraud Scheme Involving Non-Existent Rare Porsche Models

On September 13, 2019, a former salesman for Copans Motorsports d/b/a Champion Porsche, Shiraaz Sookralli, 45, of Plantation, pled guilty for leading a fraud scheme in which he entered into bogus sales orders for the sale of exotic Porsche models to over 30 customers throughout the United States.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, Michael J. De Palma, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and Gregory Tony, Sheriff, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), made the announcement.

Sookralli pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349 (Case No. 19cr60188). He is scheduled for sentencing on November 14, 2019, at 10:00 am before U.S. District Judge Rodney Smith. He faces a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison.

According to his signed factual proffer and other court documents, in 2017, Sookralli opened a shell corporation with a name bearing a close resemblance to both Champion Porsche and another corporate affiliate of the dealership. After forming the shell corporation, Sookralli opened a bank account in the shell corporation’s name. Sookralli then entered into bogus sales orders with customers for the unauthorized sales of non-existent future exotic Porsche models. The majority of the vehicles were rare, highly sought-after, Carrera 911 models. The defendant required deposits from his victims in the form of, wire transfers, bank checks, and cash that he later deposited into his shell company’s bank account. The buyers relied on Sookralli’s longtime employment at Champion Porsche, title as “Vice President of Marketing,” representations that he or she would receive a yet-to-be-built Porsche vehicle, and the seemingly legitimate bank account for wiring deposits to Sookralli. Champion Porsche did not authorize Sookralli to conduct these transactions.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/former-salesman-porsche-dealership-pleads-guilty-over-3-million-fraud-scheme-involving

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mitch96 Sep 17 #1

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Tue Sep 17, 2019, 09:30 AM

1. Porsche and high end car schemes are a classic down here in Florida

Back in the 80's with all the cocaine cash floating around the drug dealers would buy cars for cash.
Open up a "high end automotive dealership" and sell them at a slight to no profit.. boom... cash laundered with a paper trail...

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