Man finds fast way to jail with Corvette scam

By: Marlene DiGiacomo, mdigiacomo@delcotimes.com
08/06/2008

MEDIA COURTHOUSE, PA - A Newtown Square woman who wanted to surprise her husband with a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette for his 40th birthday instead ended up getting scammed out of $43,500 for a car that never existed.

"All she ended up with was a tale of woe for her husband's birthday," said attorney John McDougall, who was in court on behalf of the victim. She is a relative.

Everett Frank, 44, of Devon, was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Barry Dozor to one to two years in jail and ordered to make restitution.

Frank, who has prior offenses, including an insurance fraud case, pleaded guilty last April to theft by deception, involving the promised Corvette he never delivered, according to Assistant District Attorney Michael Dugan.

Dugan said Frank, who had been in the car business in Wayne, concocted an elaborate ruse after he was contacted by the victim to find the classic Corvette.

He told her he had discovered one in Wisconsin and had it transported to Chicago, where he said he even flew in to help repaint it, according to Dugan.
"There was no car," said the prosecutor.

But that didn't stop Frank from extracting money from the victim for various items to help refurbish the vehicle.

Police said despite numerous requests from her for a title or photographs of the vehicle, Frank never provided any.

McDougall, who has a long career as a defense attorney, said it was "awkward" for him to appear in court against a defendant.

"I was simply there to state how disconsolate and upset the victim is over the whole situation," said McDougall.

Dugan said $3,500 of Frank's bail was turned over to the victim as part of the restitution.

The prosecutor said he tried to identify any assets Frank had prior to sentencing in an effort to try to recoup the money.

"There are no assets," said the prosecutor. "He (Frank) has been robbing Peter to pay Paul, and it finally caught up with him."