A massive collection of exotic vehicles that once belonged to disgraced YouTuber Bill Omar Carrasquillo, better known as Omi in a Hellcat, will be auctioned off by U.S. Marshals later this month in Maryland. Back in March, the American influencer was sentenced to prison for what the U.S. Department of Justice called a “wide-ranging copyright infringement scheme,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The YouTuber was found guilty of multiple counts, which include conspiracy, money laundering, tax evasion, and making false statements to banks and law enforcement officers. As a consequence of his misdeeds, nearly 60 cars, motorcycles, and side-by-sides will be sold via auction, which includes a Bentley, a modern Acura NSX, and several Lamborghinis.
Carrasquillo’s insane automobile collection that’s up for grabs
The money Carrasquillo made from his illegal streaming service was mostly spent on acquiring exotic automobiles, which helped him create content for his YouTube channel which has over 800,000 subscribers. The YouTuber’s collection includes 32 cars, a few dozen motorbikes, and some side-by-sides, and all of them are now being sold off by Apple Auctioneering Co.
The highlight is a Lamborghini Aventador wrapped in a Power Rangers livery for the YouTube channel. The Italian supercar has already received 51 bids, with the highest one at $380,000. Additionally, the collection also includes two Lamborghini Huracans, an Audi R8 V-10, a 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, and several different Hellcat models. Although the online bidding has been open since Friday, the actual auction will be held on October 13.
How did the popular content creator land in jail?
Bill Carrasquillo has been charged with running a large-scale television piracy scheme in partnership with New York’s Michael Barone and California’s Jesse Gonzales. According to reports, they were using legitimate cable subscriptions from companies like Verizon, DirecTV, and Comcast to illegally stream content online on servers controlled by the YouTuber. The trio charged a monthly $15 fee to subscribe to their illegal streaming services that streamed sporting events and other popular movies and shows. They even allegedly hired Chinese encoders to protect their illegal business from being busted.
The illegal streaming service that went by the names Gears TV and Gears Reloaded was able to attract more than 100,000 subscribers, making it a massive financial success for the three people involved. Reportedly, Carrasquillo alone made $34 million in revenue before the service was shut down in 2019 for reselling copyrighted content from cable television accounts. Carrasquillo is set to serve 5 and a half years in prison for “piracy of cable TV, access device fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and hundreds of thousands of dollars of copyright infringement.” Furthermore, he was also ordered to pay $10.7 million to the affected cable companies, $5 million to the IRS, and forfeit over $30 million he made from the scheme. To recover the money, the authorities seized his bank account, which had over $5.2 million, multiple properties across Philadelphia, and his massive collection of luxury vehicles.