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A Missouri-based con man with a liking for high-end cars hit upon an unusual method of procuring those. The Missouri man cons woman after having met them on a dating site by asking them to buy him those cars.
The shopping list for the 28-year-old Timothy Rossell is no less impressive considering that it consists of a Lamborghini Gallardo, Corvette Z06, Cadillac Escalade, Ford Mustang Shelby, as well as a Can-Am Spyder 3-wheeled motorcycle, to name a few.
The strategy that the man employed was simple; he would befriend women from the dating site 'Plenty of Fish' and later convince them to buy him the cars. All the cars were bought in both of their names even though it would be Rossell who would be the sole driver, Carbuzz reported.
Timothy would then report the cars have been stolen when in reality, he sold those cars while keeping the money all to himself.
If all of the above isn't enough, the Missouri man also claimed he landed a job as a Federal Marshal to one of his girlfriends even though he didn't have a proper job in years, River Front Times claimed. He used a fake badge, vest along with other items that identify a Federal Marshal to back up his claims.
In fact, Rossell's crime centered around cars and his illegal methods of procuring them. And he would more often than not impersonate those from law enforcement agencies to get along with his job.
Worth mentioning, Rossell had earlier had a brush with the law and was actually arrested in 2014 in Franklin County on charges of impersonating a state constable. Rossell had also 'bought' a Crown Victoria via Craigslist in 2012 but never paid for it. He had identified himself as John Tobisti then and had said he would need the car for his law enforcement duties.
In yet another instance, Rossell had used the name Timothy Brandhorst to procure a Ford F250 from a couple illegally. Rossell is also reported to have duped a 20-year old of $650, promising to deliver a car which he never did. He had then identified himself as Missouri State Trooper Timothy Michael Keller.
His luck ran out when his partner from Missouri confronted him with credit card in her name which she never knew existed. Rossell tried to flee using the Gallardo but got a flat tire. He was later picked up from a bus stop where he was waiting to catch a bus. The Missouri man is charged with four counts of identity theft and one count of impersonating a federal officer while investigations are still on.