Man Gets 15 Years In Complex Repo Scam

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A former repo man for State Employees CU was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for a sophisticated fraud that siphoned more than $1.2 million from a local car dealer through the sale of phantom cars.

Joe Barfield, 42, was also found guilty of paying kickbacks to SECU employees to get them to continue using his services in vehicle repossessions. Between January and October 2003 Barfield sold dozens of cars to a dealership that existed on paper only, and others that existed but he didn't own.

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