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Collierville man pleads guilty to fraud schemes

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A Collierville man has pleaded guilty to executing two separate fraud schemes that defrauded victims of more than $2 million.
According to the charging document, between December 2012 and October 2014, Anthony Davis, 44, owned ADLM Automotive Inc., a Mississippi-based wholesale automobile dealership that conducted business in Memphis.
He used the company to promote a purported investment opportunity that ultimately defrauded investors of nearly $1.8 million.
During that time period, Davis fraudulently told victims that they could purchase a Retail Installment Contract and Security Agreement from him through ADLM Automotive. He also told them that when he sold a vehicle to a customer and the customer financed any part of the purchase price, the customer would sign a RICSA, and an application for a title with the appropriate state (e.g., Tennessee, Arkansas, or Mississippi) agency responsible for issuing vehicle titles.
Davis told victims that they would have a perfected security interest in the vehicle, which was the subject of the RICSA because their security interest would be noted on the Certificates of Title.
Davis told victims that monthly payments on the RICSAs would be collected by a Georgia-based company known as Vehicle Acceptance Corporation, and that each customer had signed an Automated Clearing House payment form so that monthly payments would be automatically deducted from their bank account. Davis further represented that ADLM Automotive maintained an account with VAC and would direct VAC to route customers’ payments to the victims’ bank accounts.
Davis told the victims that if a customer defaulted and failed to make payments under the terms of the RICSA, ADLM Automotive would repurchase the non-performing loan, or give the victim the option of replacing the non-performing loan with a performing loan of equal or greater value.
Davis received investments from multiple victims. All along, Davis knew the RICSAs, customers, vehicles and titles did not exist.
According to the charging document, Davis executed a separate fraud scheme between January 2014 and August 2014.
This scheme involved Davis searching for and obtaining Social Security Numbers to create fraudulent credit profiles. The credit profiles and other false and fraudulent identifying information were used to obtain credit to finance the purchase of vehicles.
As a result of the scheme, Davis and coconspirators fraudulently obtained and attempted to obtain credit to finance the purchase of approximately 16 vehicles.
The losses associated with this scheme were more than $457,000.
On Dec. 8, Davis pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud before U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr.
For each count, Davis faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.
Davis will also be ordered to pay restitution in the total amount of $1.7 million to those victimized in the first scheme. He will be ordered to pay restitution in the total amount of $457,507.06 to those victimized in the second scheme.
Davis is scheduled to be sentenced on March 3, 2016.

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