Scammer Arrested near Boston for Conducting Fake Escrow Transactions
Alleged Con Man Captured in Lexington, Mass.
A Romanian man is accused of opening back accounts using counterfeit identification and bilking victims out of thousands through their online payments for non-existent vehicles. Sound familiar? click to see original story
The alleged international con man arrested last Friday in Lexington is from Romania and has been living out of the Marriot Hotel on Mishawum Road in Woburn, the Lexington Police Department said today, April 2.
According to a police report, at 11:08 a.m. on Friday, March 30, Lexington Police responded to a Citizens Bank on Massachusetts Avenue in the town center, following a report from a bank employee indicating a person wanted for numerous bank-related frauds was at a customer service desk.
Police confirmed the man in question, later identified as 31-year-old Catalin Buzea, was indeed wanted by Boston Police and ICE/Homeland Security in connection with a series of bank-related scams throughout the Greater Boston area. And then LPD carried out a courtesy booking and brought him Buzea back to the station, where he was questioned by investigators from Boston PD and ICE, according to Capt. Joe O’Leary of the Lexington Police Department.
At the Lexington bank Buzea was attempting to use phony Greek identification, and he was found to be in possession of a counterfeit identification card from the Netherlands, as well. Police located the vehicle Buzea had been using parked in the lot behind Bertucci’s and had it towed to the station, where authorities found a large amount of cash and Buzea’s Romanian passport, O’Leary said.
According to reports, the gist of Buzea’s rouse was to use fake IDs to set up bank accounts and illegitimate PayPal accounts and post phony vehicle listings to sites like Craig’s List and eBay. Once payment was received, it appears he would send some money overseas and keep some for himself, O’Leary said.
Following the questioning in Lexington, LPD transported Buzea to Boston, where he was arrested on charges of larceny by scheme over $250, uttering forgery and identity fraud.