A Montgomery County couple ran an online scam that included falsely advertising luxury cars and Rolex watches and pretending to buy a flawed car online to defraud an insurance company, according to a grand jury indictment released Tuesday.
Kareem Cameron, 49, and Alecia Susan Brown, 38, of Wyncote, were arrested Tuesday. They have each been charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, mail fraud and four counts of wire fraud. If convicted, the maximum sentence they face includes 125 years in prison and a fine of up to $1.75 million.
The pair defrauded victims out of about $186,439, according to the indictment.
Cameron used the online auction website eBay to advertise luxury items, including BMWs and Rolex watches, that he did not have, did not deliver or that were inferior in quality from spring 2011 to early 2012, police said. Cameron told victims to wire payment to his bank account, one of his several PayPal accounts or Brown's bank account.
Cameron and Brown also defrauded eBay's Vehicle Purchase Protection Program by pretending to buy a car from an account they created and claiming the car had more miles on it than was advertised. The program's insurance company gave Cameron $5,225 to cover the decrease in the car's value.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Karen M. Klotz is prosecuting.
- Michaelle Bond