SANTA ANA- On April 19, 2019, the Orange County District Attorney’s office announce that two men have been charged in connection with a complex scheme to use fraudulent social security numbers, driver licenses and employer information to illegally buy dozens of high-end vehicles and attempting to buy 90 more vehicles illegally. The total loss exceeds $1.2 million.
Arsenio Stanley Pierre, 27, of Riverside and Marcus Darren Ginyard, 43, of Moreno Valley have been charged with a combined 14 felony counts of making false financial statements and 14 felony counts of unlawfully taking a vehicle with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white-collar crime over $100,000.
Pierre and Ginyard were arrested in Rancho Cucamonga in February by detectives and investigators from the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force (OCATT), along with members of the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the Los Angeles County Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention (TRAP).
The investigation began in December 2018 and involved the fraudulent purchase/theft of 37 vehicles with an additional 90 attempted thefts. Early in the investigation, it was discovered the United States Secret Service (USSS) was conducting a similar investigation on the same suspects. The OCATT and the USSS combined their investigations. TRAP assisted with the joint investigation and helped during the arrests and interviews.
Pierre and Ginyard are accused of working together and fraudulently purchasing 37 newer high-end vehicles. The fraudulent information used to purchase each vehicle included California driver licenses, out-of-state driver licenses, social security numbers, pay stubs, utility bills, and/or cell phone bills. The defendants are accused of using their real names and birthdates, along with fraudulent Social Security numbers, fraudulent employer, and income information to purchase half of the vehicles. Pierre and Ginyard are also accused of purchasing the remaining half of the vehicles using fictitious profiles of individuals who do not exist. The majority of the fraudulent social security numbers used belong to children. Federal charges are pending, and the suspects will be turned over to federal custody in the near future.
The federal case will include the 37 vehicles in addition to the 90 attempted thefts, which will bring the total loss amount to approximately $3 million.
“This is another example of the quality investigations that can be conducted when law enforcement teams on a variety of levels combine their investigative expertise,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.