Feds Charge Three with Defrauding Dealerships

By Staff Writer September 18, 2022

Three Rhode Island men are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly defrauding Land Rover dealerships in Rhode Island and New Hampshire, announced U.S. Attorney Zachary Cunha.

According to documents, dealerships in Warwick, R.I., and Bedford, N.H. each delivered a vehicle to a buyer who claimed to have secured more than $100,000 in online dealer financing. In each instance, an investigation determined that online credit applications were submitted using a stolen identity. The “buyer” of each vehicle took delivery after presenting a driver’s license that depicted their own photograph and the stolen identity used to secure financing.

It is alleged that on April 25, 2022, Dennis Odoom, 24, of Pawtucket, took custody of a Land Rover from a Rhode Island dealer, financed for more than $120,559 with the use of a stolen identity; and on May 10, 2022, Roy Sweets, 25, of Providence, took custody of a Land Rover from a New Hampshire dealership, financed for $111,183 with the use of a stolen identity. It is further alleged that two days after the delivery in New Hampshire, a person, posing as the “brother” of the New Hampshire buyer, attempted to take possession of a vehicle after a dealer financing application had been submitted online and approved. The delivery was halted when a dealership employee determined that the driver’s license presented by the buyer may have been altered. Adalberto Mauricio Romero, 25, of Providence, was arrested by Bedford, N.H., Police when he appeared at the dealership to take possession of the vehicle.

Federal arrest warrants were later issued for the three men. Odoom and Sweets were arrested by agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General; Adalberto Mauricio Romero turned himself in to the United States Marshals Service. The three men were released on unsecured bond after appearing in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island.

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