By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune reporter
8:21 PM CDT, October 7, 2013
A politically connected Northbrook man twice convicted of fraud is facing new charges that he stole millions of dollars in financing on luxury car leases at his suburban leasing agency.
Marc Zaransky, 50, was charged last week with one count of federal wire fraud in a criminal information, which usually means he intends to eventually plead guilty. However, he pleaded not guilty Monday during a brief court appearance.
The former operator of a rental car company, Zaransky was sentenced in 1994 to a month in prison and five months of home confinement for bribing former Cook County Undersheriff James Dvorak and a top Dvorak aide to obtain a lucrative contract.
Then in 2000, Zaransky was sentenced to almost four years in prison for defrauding banks out of more than $5 million by double-pledging collateral for loans and kiting checks.
The latest charge alleges that Zaransky, while a leasing consultant at C.A.R Leasing in Lincolnwood, defrauded creditors of about $2.5 million by misrepresenting how the money was being used, authorities alleged.
In one scheme, Zaransky financed loans for 30 automobiles through Wells Fargo Auto Finance and US Bank, but after the dealerships sent the cars, Zaransky withheld payment and the titles were never sent to the banks, according to the charge. Zaransky instead used the money "for his own purposes and personal benefit," authorities alleged.
The government is seeking forfeiture of more than $2.7 million.
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