Con Artist Indicted For Schemes in NY & Boston

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DA VANCE: CAREER CON ARTIST INDICTED FOR FORGERY AND LARCENY SCHEME IN NEW YORK AND BOSTON

 More Than 200 Counterfeit Checks, Multiple Forged IDs, and Stolen Property Recovered at Defendant’s Apartment

 Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of JEREMY WILSON, 42, for engaging in a variety of forgery and larceny schemes in New York and Boston. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Forgery in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third and Fourth Degrees. [1]

 “The defendant’s entire lifestyle has been defined by deception,” said District Attorney Vance. “As alleged in the indictment, the defendant went by a fake name, drove a stolen car, stayed in fraudulently acquired apartments, obtained money through a counterfeit check scheme, and even collected military clothing and memorabilia in order to impersonate a U.S. military veteran. Like many identity thieves, the defendant is a career criminal capable of causing a great deal of harm in a short amount of time, and I thank our partners in law enforcement for working together to bring the defendant’s alleged spree to an end.”

 According to the indictment and documents filed in court, between November 2015 and January 2016, WILSON impersonated individuals using various means, fraudulently acquired a luxury apartment and car, and used forged documents and identification to commit crimes in Boston and New York. Posing as a British Airways executive, the defendant obtained a corporate apartment in Boston, where he stole computers and a corporate credit card from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”) and forged checks using an account number associated with a local business. Using the alias “Jeremiah Asimov Beckingham,” the defendant also claimed to be an Army veteran and used an MIT corporate credit card to buy U.S. Army uniforms and equipment.

 In December 2015, WILSON used forged identification and money obtained through a fraudulent checking scheme to lease a 2016 BMW X3 from a dealership in Boston. The defendant drove to New York, where he used fraudulently obtained funds to rent an apartment in the Financial District.

 On December 31, 2015, an NYPD detective tracked the stolen BMW to a parking garage in Lower Manhattan, leading to WILSON’s arrest five days later, and the recovery of a stolen MIT corporate card, forged California license, fraudulently obtained Actors Federal Credit Union debit card, and $24,000 in cash.

 A search warrant executed by the NYPD and Homeland Security Investigations at the defendant’s apartment in Manhattan also revealed the defendant to be in possession of two forged passports, hundreds of counterfeit documents, seven computers—including several stolen from MIT—more than 200 forged checks, and U.S. Army uniforms.

 Assistant District Attorney Diego Diaz is handling the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Emilio Estela, Deputy Chief of Trial Bureau 70, Assistant District Attorney Al Peterson, Chief of Trial Bureau 70, Assistant District Attorney Tracy Conn, Deputy Chief of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, Assistant District Attorney Brenda Fischer, Chief of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, and Executive Assistant District Attorney David Szuchman, Chief of the Investigation Division.

 District Attorney Vance thanked the following agencies for their assistance with the investigation: Homeland Security Investigations, Cambridge Massachusetts Police Department, and NYPD’s Organized Crime Investigation Division, in particular Detective Michael Dealmeida, of the Border Enforcement Security Task Force.

 

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.

 Defendant Information:

 

JEREMY WILSON, D.O.B. 7/5/1973

New York, NY

 

Charged:

·       Forgery in the Second Degree, a class D felony, 1 count

·       Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count

·       Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class D felony, 3 counts

·       Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 2 counts

  

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