A U.S. District Court judge in Kansas City sentenced a north central Missouri woman to five years’ probation for her role in a scheme to buy more than 300 vehicles with phony titles and improperly export them.  Patrice Robertson, who ran a vehicle brokerage business in Chillicothe, pleaded guilty last August to one count of wire fraud.  According to Prosecutors, Robertson and co-conspirators Steven Romshek and Marilyn Maskill bought roughly 342 vehicles fraudulently from at least six different dealerships in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Ohio. Court documents in the case against Robertson allege that the names on titles were often faked to make it appear as if the cars were being sold locally. Prosecutors said Robertson used the name of a deceased high school classmate on several of the titles.  Authorities traced some of the vehicles to Nigeria, Germany, Canada, and Japan.

According to court documents, Robertson’s businesses in Chillicothe bought 179 vehicles from an Omaha dealership in 2005 and 2006, 79 from Husker Auto Group in Lincoln, 51 from Midwestern Auto Group in Dublin, Ohio; 32 from Aristocrat Motors in Merriam, Kan.; 23 from Town & Country Motors in Sedalia, Mo.; and 12 from Joe Machens Toyota in Columbia, Mo.