The victims of two of Salvador Antonio Machado's scams have seen some restitution for their losses but they learned Monday in Washington County Circuit Court they may have to wait a while for the rest.
The 34-year-old native of El Salvador was sentenced by Circuit Judge Frederick Wright to 10 years in prison with all but three years suspended following his guilty plea to one count of felony theft.
Two additional theft charges were dismissed in exchange for the plea.
In late 1997, Machado met a family visiting Hagerstown from out of town, struck up a conversation and arranged to sell them a car for $600. He told them the car had been confiscated by the Narcotics Task Force, according to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes.
The family gave him the money, he went to get the car and the family never saw him again, Rozes said.