BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore County man pleaded responsible Wednesday to to entry gadget fraud and aggravated identification theft.
Igor Cooper Rosensteel, 29, of Center River, admitted that he posed as a Secret Service Agent to achieve the belief of his victims, then exploited them, stealing bank checks and bank cards, amongst different issues.
In response to his responsible plea, on August 3, 2018, Rosensteel was driving in Baltimore when he was pulled over by police for driving with a suspended license.
When the patrol officer requested for Rosensteel’s license and registration, he as an alternative pulled a regulation enforcement badge from his pocket and advised the officer that he was a Secret Service Agent.
The officer detected the odor of alcohol from the automobile and believed that Rosensteel was making an attempt to make use of his regulation enforcement badge to get out of a site visitors ticket. He was taken to the police station and continued to keep up that he was a regulation enforcement officer.
Native police contacted the U.S. Secret Service. A background investigation revealed that Rosensteel had by no means labored as an officer or worker of the U.S. authorities. After actual Secret Service brokers traveled to the police station in Baltimore, Rosensteel admitted that he had lied about being an agent and that the badge was pretend.
Further investigation revealed that from about January 2017 via February 2019, Rosensteel falsely held himself out to be a federal regulation enforcement officer and used this regulation enforcement standing to defraud not less than eight victims.
In response to court docket paperwork, Rosensteel used his regulation enforcement standing to get something from free parking and meals in eating places, to gaining the belief of ladies he met on-line.
Utilizing his phony regulation enforcement persona to create a way of safety and belief, Rosensteel exploited his victims by cashing out bank loans within the victims’ names, saddling them with ensuing debt and costs, in keeping with court docket paperwork.
After being invited into victims’ properties, Rosensteel admitted that he searched their belongings, stealing keys, bank checks and bank cards, then used these gadgets to go on lavish spending sprees, with ensuing losses of greater than $20,000.
Rosensteel faces a most sentence of 10 years in federal jail for entry gadget fraud and a compulsory two years in federal jail, consecutive to every other sentence imposed, for aggravated identification theft.