Worcester man convicted of fraudulent sports car purchase
WORCESTER — A local man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for using the identities of two victims to open bank accounts and fraudulently attempting to buy an $83,000 Chevrolet Camaro.
Brandon Brouillard, 29, of Worcester, was sentenced on Tuesday to 47 months in prison and five years of supervised release, after pleading guilty on April 7 to two counts of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He was the first accused in May 2021.
According to prosecutors, in February 2021, Brouillard used the identity of a New Hampshire resident to open a bank account at Avidia Bank where he wired $108,000 from another individual’s Bank of America account. Brouillard also fraudulently obtained a New Hampshire driver’s license in the name of a New Hampshire resident, which he used to attempt to secure a car loan from Capital One, which was ultimately denied.
On April 17, 2021, Fog tested a 2021 Chevrolet Camaro at a dealership in Norwood, Mass. After testing the Camaro, Brouillard agreed to buy the car for $83,000 and paid for the vehicle with a cashier’s check made out to the dealership. . He provided his Massachusetts driver’s license, proof of insurance, signed bill of sale, Massachusetts license application and car title in connection with the purchase.
On April 19, 2021, Brouillard picked up the Camaro from the dealership. A few days later, the dealer learns that the account listed on the bank check provided by Brouillard is frozen. The dealer contacted Brouillard, who promised he would wire $83,000 to pay for the car.
On April 26, 2021, an Arizona resident contacted local law enforcement and reported an attempted fraudulent wire transfer of $83,000 from his account. The victim reported that a fraudulent email allegedly from the victim had been sent to the bank, requesting a wire transfer of $83,000 to pay for the victim’s “brother-in-law’s car”. When the bank contacted the victim for verification, the victim did not approve the transfer.
Beginning around September 2020, the victim’s accounts were compromised and large fraudulent purchases were made and shipped to Fog’s address. It is estimated that approximately $500,000 of the victim’s funds were stolen.