On May 20, 2013, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that two Alabama real estate investors had been sentenced to 20 months in prison for their involvement in a bid-rigging and mail fraud scheme involving public real estate foreclosure auctions. The individuals and their company pleaded guilty in December 2012 to conspiring with other companies not to bid against each other at public foreclosure auctions in southern Alabama. Pursuant to the conspiracy, a designated bidder would purchase the property at auction. Thereafter, the conspirators would hold a second, secret auction at which the price paid for the real estate was higher than the price paid at the public auction. The individuals and their company were ordered to pay $21,983 in restitution to the victims of the crime.