By Associated Press - Friday, November 9, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Tucson man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in an automobile loan fraud scheme.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Andrew May was sentenced Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bank fraud.

They say May and his co-conspirators fraudulently represented to lenders that they were engaged in the legitimate purchase and sale of vehicles in order to obtain financing from numerous institutions.

The co-conspirators also fraudulently represented that the lenders would receive a lien on the vehicles as collateral for the loans.

However, prosecutors say no legitimate vehicle sales occurred.

The lenders funded about $1.2 million traced to numerous bank accounts controlled by May.

A restitution hearing is scheduled Nov. 19 in U.S. District Court in Tucson.

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