CAMDEN, N.J. — The former general manager of a now-defunct New Jersey car dealership who got nearly $3 million through a fraud scheme has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Richard Pepe had pleaded guilty to bank fraud and filing a fraudulent federal income tax return. He was the general manager of Chevrolet 73 in Berlin from 2004 through October 2008.
Federal prosecutors say the 70-year-old Vineland man admitted that he and others acting on his behalf provided a bank with false information, including false liabilities and profits on monthly dealership statements. Pepe obtained more than $2.95 million through the scheme, using the funds for personal expenses.
Pepe will also have to serve three years of supervised release once he’s freed and pay back $2,950,270.