Salt Lake Man Admits to $200,000 Internet Fraud

Salt Lake Man Admits to $200,000 Internet Fraud

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A 45-year-old man has pleaded guilty to defrauding Internet customers of more than $200,000 by offering goods for sale he didn't actually have.

D. Mark Pentrack, of Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to Superseding Felony Information. That charge included one count each of mail fraud, misuse of a Social Security number, destruction of evidence and making false statements to the government.

Pentrack operated a scheme from 2001 to 2003 in which he offered to sell car and aircraft parts he never owned, according to court documents. He collected money on the parts and never delivered them to customers, the documents say.

Pentrack faces up to 20 years in prison apiece for mail fraud and destruction of evidence and five years apiece for Social Security fraud and making false statements to the government.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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