The New York Times is reporting that the New York Police Department has arrested a man who they say is accused of stealing $10 million from a women’s escort service and passing it off as a car dealership.
According to the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, a 21-year-old man from New Jersey was arrested on Thursday and charged with stealing $8 million from the New Hampshire Car Connection in the spring of 2016.
The criminal complaint filed against the man indicates that he was involved in a scam involving a group of people who he referred to as “the ladies.”
The complaint alleges that the woman was offered $10,000 and was promised a car for a $10 investment if she would participate in a “ride-along” with the men, who he described as a “gang of thugs.”
The group was made up of “two black men, one Hispanic man, and one Asian man” who would attend a “drive-along ride-along,” the complaint said.
The woman was not involved in the scheme, the complaint stated.
The alleged thief has been charged with two counts of wire fraud and three counts of false pretenses, according to a press release from the office of New Jersey Attorney General Joseph DiVincenzo.
He is being held on $25,000 bail.
The charges were filed on April 17 and were announced on April 21.