Detroit — Federal prosecutors Friday charged one of the nation’s top Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV salespeople with helping orchestrate a wire fraud conspiracy that cost the automaker $8.7 million.

Parkway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram salesman Apollon “Apollo” Nimo, 34, of Macomb Township was charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud for allegedly orchestrating a scam that involved illegally selling employee discounts to non-qualified buyers. He was arrested Friday and made an initial appearance in federal court later in the afternoon to face charges that could send him to prison for up to 20 years.

An unsealed criminal complaint obtained by The Detroit News describes a vast black market involving brokers who peddled employee discount numbers to salespeople who connected with buyers in private Facebook groups.

“FCA representatives have informed me that they continue to receive information indicating that Nimo’s…

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