Texas Car Dealer Sentenced to Four Years in Identity Theft Scheme
ORLANDO, FL—U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Feran Ferozali (39, Lewisville, TX) to four years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The Court also ordered Ferozali to forfeit $21,470, which was traceable to proceeds of the offenses. He pleaded guilty on September 12, 2014.
According to court documents, in the fall of 2011, Ferozali, a car dealer, fraudulently purchased and financed at least seven vehicles by assuming the identities of other people. He created fraudulent driver’s licenses with the names and personal information of the identity theft victims, but with his own photo. He used additional identities to sell several of these vehicles to an automobile auction in central Florida by creating fraudulent titles. The total value of the vehicles involved in this scheme was $240,345.63.
This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Highway Patrol. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent S. Chiu.