MIDDLE RIVER, Maryland (WJZ) – Baltimore County officials have announced that a Middle River man was sentenced to 50 months in federal prison after posing as a Secret Service agent to exploit victims in a fraud scheme by credit card and identity theft.
Officials said Igor Cooper Rosensteel, 30, admitted he posed as a federal agent in order to gain the trust of at least 15 victims. He would rip them off then, steal their bank checks, credit cards and other things.
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According to his guilty plea, an investigation found that from January 2018 to February 2019, Rosensteel falsely posed as a federal law enforcement agent and used the alleged statute to scam at least eight victims.
According to the statement, he would use his character to get free items and gain the trust of women he has met online. He would then exploit his victims by cashing bank loans in their name and burdening them with the resulting debt.
He later admitted that after being invited into his victim’s homes, he would search their property, steal their keys, bank checks and credit cards. He would then use the stolen goods to make lavish shopping sprees resulting in losses of over $ 20,000.
In his plea, officials said on August 3, 2018, Rosensteel was driving in Baltimore when he was pulled over by police from the Maryland Transportation Authority. Officials said they were asked to display his license and registration, Rosensteel told the officer he was a Secret Service agent and placed a badge on his lap.
Rosensteel was taken to the police station after officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol. While in custody, police contacted the U.S. Secret Service in Washington and an investigation revealed that he had never been employed by the U.S. government. Rosensteel admitted to lying about being an agent after real agents came to the Baltimore train station.
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Rosensteel was provisionally released on January 30, 2020, due to his pending charges. Upon his release, officials said he used his old character and began a romantic relationship as “Cooper Kent”. While in this relationship, he claimed he was a CIA employee.
Rosensteel then removed his ankle monitor after an argument with a third-party custodian on June 3, 2020 before fleeing the state.
He was apprehended on July 7, 2020 by the US Marshal’s Service after discovering he had at least seven additional victim debit and credit cards. Authorities also learned that he wrote the cooking information of another victim in his wallet.
Rosensteel also pleaded guilty to additional charges of identity theft.
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