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KC man allegedly ‘sold’ classic Jaguars and Porsches that he didn’t actually own

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A Kansas City man has been indicted for allegedly duping people into sending him money to buy classic cars he didn’t actually own.

A federal grand jury indicted Travis D. Oberg on charges of wire fraud and transportation of a stolen vehicle.

Oberg, 50, has previously served time in prison on other fraud-related charges, court records show.

According to the new indictment, Oberg filed paperwork with the Missouri Secretary of State in 2017 for a limited liability company called “Maaco Sales and Reconditioning.”

It was not affiliated with the long-established and widely known MAACO car painting and collision repair company.

“Oberg used the Maaco company name as a pretense to imply that he was involved in a legitimate automobile-related business,” the indictment said.

Using photographs of vehicles and title documents of vehicles that he did not own and was not authorized to sell, Oberg allegedly induced a number of people to wire him thousands of dollars.

In July 2017, a buyer in Connecticut sent Oberg $53,000 to purchase four classic cars: a 1973 BMW; a 1988 Mercedes Benz 560SL; a 1985 Porsche 911; and a 1967 Jaguar XKE.

In August 2017, Oberg took $37,000 from the manager of the Beverly Hills Car Club for the purchase of the same Jaguar and Porsche offered to the buyer in Connecticut, according to the indictment.

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An advertisement posted by the Beverly Hills Car Club shows a Jaguar XKE of the same type referenced in the indictment. Prosecutors say the manager of the car club was a victim of a fraud by a Kansas City man. Beverly Hills Car Club

Then in November 2017, a buyer in Texas sent Oberg $10,050 to buy an ATV.

None of the vehicles were delivered to the people who thought they were buying them, prosecutors say. Many received only excuses, or occasionally a photo of a refund check that never arrived.

Oberg is also charged with transporting a stolen 1957 Ford Thunderbird from Missouri to Connecticut in June 2017.

He has been in federal custody since March after prosecutors moved to revoke his supervised release, or parole, in a previous fraud case.

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