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Two Caroline sisters convicted in car-buying scheme
BY KEITH EPPS
Two sisters who used phony bank accounts to con a local car dealership out of more than $185,000 worth of vehicles pleaded guilty to felony charges yesterday.
Kasha L. Taylor, 31, and Nicole Silver, 24, both of Woodford, pleaded guilty in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court to grand larceny by trick. Silver was convicted of two counts.
According to the evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney Bill Neely, Silver went to Purvis Ford at 3660 Jefferson Davis Highway Sept. 21 and purchased a 2010 F-450 pickup.
Silver presented a check for $59,536.47 and said the vehicle was for a relative.
In making the purchase, Silver displayed a phony bank statement from Chevy Chase Bank that indicated that she had more than $500,000 in her account.
Two days later, Taylor went to the same dealership and bought a 2009 Ford Mustang GT 500 KR for $77,652.70.
She produced a phony statement from Chevy Chase Bank that showed that she had more than $490,000 in her accounts.
Silver returned to the dealership a second time on Sept. 28. This time she bought a 2010 Lincoln Navigator SUV for $47,970.45.
All three checks later bounced and the dealership contacted the Sheriff’s Office after unsuccessful efforts to collect the money, Neely said.
All three vehicles were recovered, Neely said, but each one had lost $10,000 in value because they had to be resold as used.
Detective Wayne Weaver interviewed both women at the Caroline home. Both claimed they had inherited “lots of money and that this was all just a bank mix-up,” court records state.
However, neither woman was able to produce proof that they’d ever had more than $200 in a bank account.
Taylor, who had no prior felony record, was sentenced to a suspended three-year prison term. She was also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to Purvis Ford.
Judge David Beck placed Silver in jail pending sentencing on Oct. 25. She is also facing $20,000 in restitution.
Silver was already on probation for theft in Pennsylvania when the Purvis Ford incident occurred, and she was arrested again in Pennsylvania on July 10 on shoplifting and bad check charges.
As part of plea agreements, bad check charges against both women in Spotsylvania were dropped.