LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — A Lisbon-area man has been charged with tricking a New York couple into making phony investments and stealing their personal information to obtain credit cards.
Paul Shockley, 23, was charged last week in federal court with wire fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, the Morning Journal reports.
The FBI and the Lakewood Police Department are reportedly investigating others for their part in the scheme, but no one else has been charged yet.
Investigators say Shockley targeted a couple that he knew through a family member and told them that he and his family were very wealthy. He reportedly posed as his mother and sent the couple emails, thanking them for looking after “her son,” while he stayed with the couple, according to the Morning Journal.
Police said while posing as his mother, Shockley obtained their personal information so that they could be paid off through one of the non-existent businesses. The Morning Journal reports that Shockley then made several purchases using their credit card information.
Investigators say Shockley also persuaded the victims to invest their retirement savings into a fake business venture, and Shockley and others used that money to go on expensive shopping sprees, vacations and pay for luxury cars.