A local man faces federal charges for allegedly trying to purchase a sports car using the bank account of a resident of Arizona.
Law enforcement officials arrested Brandon Brouillard, 27, of Worcester, on Thursday, May 20, who faces a single charge of bank fraud.
According to court documents, Brouillard took a test drive in a 2021 Chevrolet Camaro on Wednesday, April 17, at a dealership in Norwood. After the test drive, he agreed to purchase the vehicle for $83,000.
The allegations say that Brouillard provided his Massachusetts driver’s license, proof of insurance and signed a sales contract, Massachusetts application for registration and car title in connection with the purchase.
Brouillard took delivery of the vehicle at the dealership two days later, on Friday, April 19.
On Friday, April 23, the dealership contacted Brouillard after learning the bank check he provided represented funds from a frozen account.
Brouillard said he would wire transfer $83,000 to pay for the vehicle.
An Arizona resident contacted local police on Monday, April 26, to report a fraudulent attempt for a wire transfer from their account. They reported a fraudulent email sent to the bank requesting a wire transfer of $83,000 to pay for a car for their brother-in-law.
The bank of the Arizona resident contacted them for verification, which they declined.
Allegations also suggest that accounts belonging to the Arizona resident were first compromised in September 2020. Since that time, large, fraudulent purchases made with funds from that person’s accounts used Brouillard ‘s shipping address.
Estimates suggest up to $500,000 stolen from the Arizona resident’s accounts since that time.
Brouillard faces up to 30 years in prison for the charge of bank fraud and a fine of $1 million.