Corneliu Weikum, 38, and Yulia Mishina-Heffron, 24, were sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro after pleading guilty in September to cash smuggling, and wire and bank fraud charges.
Weikum's attorneys, Michael Miceli and Tom Piraro, and Mishina-Heffron's lawyer, John Momot, said their clients apologized before sentencing.
The judge also ordered Weikum and Mishina-Heffron to serve three years of supervised release after prison, repay more than $4.4 million to 268 victims, and to surrender more than $1.4 million in cash seized during the investigation.
Almost $1.1 million of that money was seized in October 2010 at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Nearly $90,000 was seized in March 2010 by German customs agents.
Prosecutors alleged the two, based in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, funneled cash abroad in a Romania-based scheme that advertised cars for sale on Internet sites like eBay Motors, Auto Trader and Craigslist from May 2007 to November 2010. The cars were never delivered.