Crime & Justice

Los Angeles man who set back odometers gets prison

Odomter
Odomter
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A Southern California man who set back hundreds of odometers to conceal their real mileage has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.

Shamai Salpeter of Tarzana was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles. He also was ordered to pay nearly $425,000 in restitution to people who bought cars with incorrect odometer readings.

Prosecutors say for about 3½ years beginning in 2008, Salpeter reset to any mileage requested by his customers. Some were trying to avoid penalties for exceeding the maximum mileage on their leased cars. Others wanted to make the cars more valuable at trade-in.

Salpeter charged up to $400 per odometer. He pleaded guilty last fall to conspiracy and tampering with an odometer.