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Maryland man convicted in ship sale scam

Saturday - 3/1/2014, 3:08am  ET

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) -- A Westminster man is serving a five-year probationary term for trying to sell a ship he didn't own for $900,000.

The Carroll County Times (http://bit.ly/1jFyLEe ) reported Friday that 20-year-old Marquest Robinson pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted theft. A five-year prison sentence was suspended.

Prosecutors say Robinson used an alias when he asked a Tampa, Fla., ship broker in 2012 to list a container ship, the National Glory, for $900,000.

The broker thought the asking price was too low and contacted the true owner, who told him it wasn't for sale. The broker called Carroll County authorities after tracing the suspect's cellphone number and computer IP address to Westminster.

An investigator posing as a buyer contacted Robinson and electronically transferred money into a bank account linked to Robinson's home address.

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Information from: Carroll County Times of Westminster, Md., http://www.carrollcounty.com/


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