FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – A former salesman who scammed more than 30 customers out of about $2.2 million by selling them non-existent cars made his first appearance in Ft. Lauderdale federal court.

Shiraaz Sookralli, 44, faces mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering charges.

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A criminal complaint says Sookralli, who had been a salesman at Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, created a shell corporation with a similar name in 2017. Investigators say Sookralli then made bogus sales orders for non-existent future exotic Porsche models and took deposits which were put into his shell company’s bank account.

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Champion Porsche, which did not authorize the transactions, contacted victims and cooperated with law enforcement after learning of the scheme.

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