A Hungarian woman pleaded guilty in Nashville, Tenn., for her role in moving approximately $550,000 in illicit proceeds derived from an international online marketplace fraud scheme.
Beatrix Boka, 34, of Hungary, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger in the Middle District of Tennessee to one count of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud. Boka and co-conspirator Aleksandar Kunkin, also of Hungary, were charged in a one-count indictment by a federal grand jury in August 2012. Kunkin pleaded guilty on Nov. 15, 2012.
Boka admitted in her plea hearing today that members of the conspiracy fraudulently listed vehicles for sale at online marketplaces such as eBay. When victims expressed interest in purchasing the vehicles, co-conspirators sent emails that directed victims to wire payments to certain bank accounts, and victims never received the vehicles for which they paid.
Boka faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 21, 2013.