Maine man going to prison for eBay scheme

Posted June 28, 2010, at 5:41 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:36 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine man who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a scheme to sell stolen tractors on Internet auction site eBay is going to prison for 14 months.

Matthew Theriault, who was sentenced Monday, pleaded guilty in January in federal court to wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI. U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby ordered him to serve three years of probation when he completes the prison sentence.

According to court records, Theriault sold several tractors that he knew were stolen to unwitting buyers on eBay between October and December 2006 and then personally transported them to other states. Court documents indicate he created a phony bill of sale to try to create a paper trail.

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