NEWARK, N.J. – Two men including a man from Maplewood were found guilty in federal court on Thursday in a scheme to buy luxury cars with fraudulent bank checks, authorities said.
Daniel D. Dxrams, 40, of Maplewood, was convicted for his role in a scheme to fraudulently pay off a Rolls Royce, Bentley and three Mercedes-Benz cars from 2015 and 2016, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said on Thursday in a news release. Dxrams was also convicted of bankruptcy fraud and making a false oath during a bankruptcy proceeding, Carpenito said. Dxrams is currently known as "Daniel Kusi," and was formerly known as "Danny D. Dxrams."
Another man, Germaine Howard King, 43, of Elizabeth, was also convicted in the scheme for using phony bank checks to play off the five luxury cars, according to Carpenito. King was also convicted of using phony money orders to fraudulently discharge a mortgage and to fraudulently obtain two additional Mercedes-Benz cars from 2007 and 2010. King is known as "Germaine Howard."
Documents filed in this case and evidence presented at trial showed that Dxrams, King, and a woman, Melissa Reynolds sent a fake bank check for $101,000 to a finance company that enabled Dxrams to obtain a 2012 Bentley for free. Dxrams sold the car to a third party for approximately $82,000 and then gave King a bank check for about $25,000, authorities said.
They also used this scheme to fraudulently obtain three Mercedes-Benz, the ones from 2015 and 2016, and a Rolls Royce, authorities said.
Documents and evidence shows that Dxrams also filed a bankruptcy petition under penalty of perjury and falsely concealed his ownership of a car rental business and the gross receipts he earned through this car rental business, his sale of the Bentley, his receipt of money from a personal injury lawsuit, his ownership of firearms, and his marital status.
Dxrams then made false statements under oath concerning his bankruptcy petition and his sale of the Bentley, according to documents and evidence.
Documents and evidence show that King and Reynolds used their home computers to make phony money orders, which they mailed to a credit union in an effort to fraudulently pay off the 2007 and 2010 Mercedes-Benz cars. The credit union rejected both fake money orders, but King and Reynolds mailed correspondences to the credit union falsely claiming that the debt was satisfied. They then stopped paying their car loans and King kept the car, documents and evidence shows.
King and Reynolds also used a fraudulent money order for $432,000 to pay off their mortgage and King used other fraudulent money orders in an attempt to pay off his credit card bills, according to documents and evidence.