Con artist guilty of $40k scam

conman Shane Mackey
Shane Mackey

NASSAU – A serial con artist has admitted to duping six people out of a collective $40,000 for cars and boats that did not exist.

Slickster Shane Mackey was back to his old tricks, months after he fooled officials into pardoning him on March 5 for a similar scam.

During August and September, Mackey, 40, used the same scam he’s been running for decades—but with a slight revision.

Instead of placing ads in newspapers, Mackey advertised his nonexistent merchandise on Facebook Marketplace.

When interested buyers replied, Mackey, who was impersonating Terrance Curtis, told them the item had already been sold.

However, he claimed he could get them a similar item for the same price once they paid him a 50 percent deposit.

After showing the buyers Curtis’ NIB card, he then instructed his customers to send the money to friends’ bank accounts, who then gave the money to him.

None of the intended buyers got their vehicles and neither did he return the stolen cash.

Curtis was an unwitting participant in Mackey’s scam. He met Mackey in prison, and he’d given Mackey his NIB card after he promised to help him get a job on a fishing boat.

Mackey, otherwise known as Mastermind, pleaded guilty at his arraignment before Magistrate Kendra Kelly.

She remanded him to prison until December 13 for sentencing. Sergeant 260 Pyfrom prosecuted.

In past years, Mackey notoriously carried out his scam from his prison cell by using a smuggled cellphone.