A Southampton man was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution to at least 100 customers defrauded by his car-hauling companies, prosecutors said on Friday.
Gregory Sclafani, 64, also was sentenced to 3 years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Denis R. Hurley. Sclafani pleaded guilty to mail fraud on March 31.
Five years before that, federal prosecutors won a civil suit barring Sclafani from selling automobile transportation services in New York.
Robert L. Capers, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in a statement said: “The defendant’s scheme to victimize unsuspecting customers was particularly brazen in that it was executed while the defendant was permanently enjoined from engaging in the transportation brokerage business.”
Capers added: “He has now been held to account.”
From 2007 until his arrest in 2014, Sclafani persuaded customers to hire him as their broker to haul their vehicles over long distances by making “fraudulent representations,” Capers said.
After the defendant failed to deliver, he ignored his customers’ complaints — and kept their money.
And, having obtained his customers’ bank account information, he repeatedly withdrew their funds without their authorization, Capers said.
To conceal his fraud and block his customers from obtaining refunds, Sclafani often changed the names of his companies and used aliases when he spoke to his customers, officials said.