LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Nevada say 16 people face wire fraud and conspiracy charges in an international scheme involving the sale of automobiles, travel trailers, watercraft and other big-ticket items on Internet sites including eBay, Yahoo!Finance, Craigslist and Autotrader.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Thursday the entire transaction was a sham, and that purchased items were never delivered.

The indictment handed up Tuesday names 28-year-old Eduard Petroiu as the ringleader and six others as top co-conspirators in the scheme.

Thirteen people ranging in age from 20 to 35 were arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas and one was arrested at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Two others were being sought Thursday.

Bogden says each faces up to 60 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines of if convicted.

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  1. Mariela says:

    Choice 1 Flying: If flying to vegas, which I meromcend, you would fly from the bay area (out of Oakland or San Jose b/c they are much cheaper and more frequent) and be able to land in vegas and start having fun immediately. If you drove, you would be a little tired and might come in at an awkward time, whereby wasting a part of the day (in the end you would recoup most of the flight cost just by being able to enjoy another day or not have to spend an extra night just to recover from the 9 hour drive from the Bay Area). Then you would want to fly in to John Wayne Airport in Orange county, which is by far the closest airport to Disneyland. They have shuttles available on site, but you can usually find deals where you can arrange a shuttle for cheaper.Choice 2 Driving: The advantage of driving is that you have the freedom to amend the time you want to spend in Vegas or LA/Disneyland as you wish and on the fly. If you enjoy Vegas more you can stay longer, if you hit a horrendous streak and are almost broke, you can leave earlier and head for Tomorrowland at Disneyland. Plus you would be saving a decent amount of money, not only because of the flight, but b/c you wouldnt need to take a cab everywhere in vegas (though I meromcend the bus if you arent going too far so you dont have to deal with the traffic on the STRIP).Either way, it sounds like a good trip and you’re in for a lot of fun. Just decide based on how tired you’d be, how willing are you to drive the 6 hours BACK from LA if you do drive. Remember, driving there is easy (with the anticipation and excitement) but driving back, especially after partying and staying up late in vegas and walking around disneyland may leave you very tired on the road. Plus Highway 5 has turned into somewhat of a speed trap as the small counties between LA and the Bay Area are cashing in on the speeding ways of the metropolises. Good luck, drive or fly safe and have fun. Hope this helps.

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