LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska authorities have accused a California man of scamming several would-be buyers out of thousands of dollars and failing to deliver a powerful, hard-to-find car engine.

Lancaster County prosecutors last week charged Steven Shaull with theft, and he was arrested Friday in California. Nebraska online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for Shaull, who lives in Anaheim. Nebraska authorities will be seeking his extradition to face trial.

A Lincoln company, Restore a Muscle Car, reported to authorities that it found an online post offering the engine. Muscle Car owner Dave Hall said online feedback was positive about previous sales by Shaull, so Shaull was contacted.

Hall told investigators that Shaull agreed to sell the 426-cubic-inch engine for $11,500, which would be paid through an online service. Investigators said Shaull later asked Muscle Car to wire the money directly to his bank account in order to avoid the online payment service fees. The company did so.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/2c2pLuY ) that Shaull soon notified Muscle Car that he’d gotten the money and would send documents once a shipper had picked up the engine.

The muscle car company still hasn’t received its engine, court documents say.

“Since the sale, Steven Shaull made multiple empty promises to ship the motor, or then refund the money, none of which has actually happened,” Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles investigator Marlan Hohnstein wrote in a court affidavit.

Hohnstein also said he found other people who tried to buy the same engine listed on eBay but also never received anything despite sending thousands of dollars to Shaull.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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