Stolen personal information used to buy high-end luxury cars lands 69-year-old in jail

Posted at 12:15 PM, Jun 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-10 19:37:54-04

VIRGINIA BEACH Va. - Stolen personal information was used to buy high-end luxury cars in Virginia Beach, according to federal documents.

The crime spanned across the country and landed one senior citizen in a local jail.

It was an elaborate scheme with a ring of people working together to buy cars with other people’s information, records state.

69-year-old Michael Toomey is being held in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail after pleading guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Federal prosecutors say he played a central role in the conspiracy.

Court records outline how other people stole the names, Social Security numbers and other personal information.

They gave Toomey a fake Florida license. The records state he traveled from Arizona to various cities in Virginia to buy high-end cars made by Mercedes Benz and Lexus and posed as the victims of identity theft.

One of the cars, valued at $160,000, was bought at a dealership in Virginia Beach.

Records say Toomey then gave the cars to the others in the conspiracy.

The government stated it is aware of a minimum loss of about $400,000.

Toomey is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20 at 11 a.m.

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