ST. LOUIS • Three people from the Los Angeles area have been sentenced to prison for a prepaid rental car scam that cost Enterprise Holdings of Clayton more than $600,000.
On Wednesday, Dan Wang, 28, and Yi “Ronnie” Liu, 29, were sentenced to 366 days in prison and ordered to repay $678,796.
Meng Shao, 27, was sentenced to 17 months in prison in April.
All three pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Liu set up a fake car rental website that offered prepaid car rentals for Enterprise, Alamo and National car rental companies to Chinese tourists coming to the U.S. The website claimed the company purchased the prepaid rentals in bulk, prosecutors have said.
Wang and Shao took orders from tourists and Liu used stolen credit card numbers to buy credit card vouchers for clients.
Enterprise has a prepaid rental car program for European travelers to the U.S., and was alerted to the scam by a large number of credit card charge-backs.