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The 24-count indictment returned Wednesday alleges a scheme in which vehicles were offered for sale on legitimate websites that deal in auto trading, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.

The six defendants — from Germany, Russia, Romania and Latvia — are accused of collecting payments from hundreds of would-be buyers nationwide, siphoning millions of dollars to Europe and never delivering a vehicle, the indictment said.

Authorities identified the alleged leaders of the scam as Corneliu Stefan Weikum, 37, a Romanian national, and Yulia Meshina-Heffron, 23, a native of Yekaterinberg, Russia. Both are in federal custody in Nevada on charges related to bulk cash smuggling.

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