6 held in Pittsburgh tow pound auto scam

An elaborate money-making scheme at city tow pound auctions started as "an honest mistake," police said, and ended in the arrests of six people yesterday -- including an employee of the city controller's office.

Police said Michael Livingstone, 35, a performance auditor for the city, was at the helm of the scam, helping to rig vehicle auctions at the city supply warehouse for several accomplices, who would bid high amounts of money but would pay much lower amounts for the vehicles.

The deals, police said, cost the city more than $17,500.

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