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eBay auto scammer told to repay victims

August 17, 2007
Post-Tribune staff report

A Chicago man who ran an auto online auction scam from a Highland apartment was sentenced Thursday to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $12,000 restitution.

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez told Donald J. Hicks, 27, he is a scammer, manipulator and thief. "If you do this again in this county and you are convicted, you will go to prison," the judge said.

Hicks pleaded guilty June 12 to theft.

In 2004, Hicks operated D Executive Motors in Highland. Hicks advertised cars for sale on eBay, but kept money from unsuspecting bidders and either didn't ship the cars or sent much cheaper vehicles than had been advertised.

Hicks is ordered to pay restitution to victims in Champlin, Minn.; Mesa, Ariz.; Spring Mills, Pa.; and Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.


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