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|March 22, 2019|
Jury’s murder verdict linked to bogus auto loan scheme
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A Riverside man is facing a no-parole prison term in an auto loan fraud scheme in which he killed one of his victims.
A Superior Court jury convicted Dante Danil Carter, 37, Thursday of murder and lying in wait plus 28 additional charges.
Carter operated a $600,000 fraudulent auto loan scheme in which he used the identities of young people he met through the local car scene to apply for auto loans from credit unions. Rather than purchasing a car, he would instead deposit the checks into accounts that appeared to belong to auto dealerships, but actually were controlled by him. He also used victims’ identities to obtain vehicles and apartments for himself and his girlfriends.
Eric Burniston, 21, of Long Beach, was one of the individuals who had his identity used by Carter for this scheme.
As authorities were beginning to investigate the fraud scheme, Carter lured Burniston in the middle of the night to a remote neighborhood in an unincorporated area south of the Dos Lagos shopping center in Corona with the promise of paying him back the money that Carter owed him. Carter shot the victim in the back of the head and left his body lying in the street.
Carter returns to court for sentencing May 17th.
Story Date: March 17, 2019