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Press Release

Worcester Man Sentenced for Attempting to Purchase Jeep Using Counterfeit Check

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Worcester man was sentenced yesterday in connection with attempting to purchase a $56,000 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with a counterfeit check. 

David Hogan, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to two years of probation, with four months spent in home confinement. The government recommended a sentence of six months in prison. On April 25, 2022, Hogan pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

On March 31, 2021, Hogan visited a car dealership in Newton, where he agreed to purchase a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon for $56,208. Hogan tendered a check from Charles Schwab bank in the amount of the purchase price, took possession of the Jeep and drove it off the lot. When the car dealership attempted to cash the check, the bank did not honor it because the bank account had been frozen. The dealership contacted Hogan and advised that the check was not valid.

On April 9, 2021, using the dealership’s electronic chat app, Hogan promised the dealership that he would wire the money to the bank. Hogan did not ultimately wire any funds and the vehicle was repossessed by the dealership. A subsequent investigation revealed that the Charles Schwab account was opened using a stolen identity. 

Hogan later admitted that the phony check he used when attempting to purchase the Jeep had been printed by Brandon Brouillard who was charged separately with two counts of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in connection with using two victims’ identities to open bank accounts and attempting to purchase an $83,000 Chevrolet Camaro. On Sept. 13, 2022, was sentenced by Judge Hillman to 47 months in prison and five of supervised release. 

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Boston, Braintree, Natick, Newton, Norwood, Worcester and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Rollins’ Criminal Division prosecuted the case.

Updated December 8, 2022