A man named Timothy Rossell executed an internet dating scam that got him a Lamborghini, a Corvette, and jail time.
Rossell, 28, was arrested and charged with one count of impersonating a federal officer and four counts of identity theft after conning women in to buying luxury cars for him and then secretly selling them while telling the women they were stolen.
According to Yahoo News, Rossell’s scam extended across multiple states and involved at least three women. Rossell was living under the identity of deputy U.S. marshal Austyn Gardner in Union, Missouri with his 27-year-old fiancée.
During this time, Rossell managed to convince his fiancée to buy him a Cadillac Escalade, a Shelby Mustang, and a Can-am Spyder motorcycle.
If that wasn’t enough, he opened multiple credit cards in her name and racked up tens of thousands of dollars in debt under her identity.
The oblivious fiancée confronted Rossell after finding the credit cards and multiple federal I.D.s for him under a different name.
Once she caught onto him, Rossell fled in his Lamborghini Gallardo, which was purchased for him by a different woman.
A 27-year-old unnamed Florida woman who previously dated Rossell — or “deputy U.S. marshal Austyn Labella,” as she reportedly knew him — was swindled into buying him the Lamborghini and a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 as well as loaning him $27,000.
Rossell apparently met these two women and a third victim on the popular dating site PlentyOfFish.
He was eventually caught and arrested in Effingham, Illinois last week while trying to buy a bus ticket after his Lamborghini blew a tire.
How he managed to carry on with the charade for so long is a mystery, but he must have the art of persuasion down to a science in order to convince these women to purchase such expensive vehicles for him.
Aside from being an identity thief and liar, Rossell took advantage of women who clearly loved him and would do anything for him. He not only ruined their credit, he also likely shattered their ability to trust and their hopes of finding love.
A few Twitter users chimed in to sarcastically praise Rossell for pulling off the nearly inconceivable scam.
My wife won't let me buy Funyuns.— Daniel Roberts (@DRobertsIMG) October 17, 2016
Man Allegedly Cons Women Into Buying Him Lamborghini, Corvette, Shelby Mustang https://t.co/FDErNHc7TB
I JUST LEARNED THAT I FAILED AT LIFE --> Man Allegedly Cons Women Into Buying Him Lambo, Corvette, Shelby Mustang https://t.co/lKiWu9WUUi— Spence (@TexasCougFan) October 17, 2016
Better take notes: https://t.co/C5pOkGMkyI— Ivory Stones (@Skiptopher) October 17, 2016
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