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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 18, 2022

Arizona Man Sentenced To Prison For Car Theft Fraud Scheme

LAS VEGAS – An Arizona man was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a fraud scheme to rent cars from various rental companies. Those rental cars were later sold to unsuspecting victims who believed that Kang had sold them a car.

Brandon Christopher Kang (30) pleaded guilty in February 2022 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, from July 2016 to July 2017, Kang — a Las Vegas resident at the time — conspired with co-defendants Dominique Dashon McGuire, Joshua Rahi Hall, and others to fraudulently rent vehicles from rental companies and private brokers with the intent to steal the vehicles and then sell the vehicles. As part of the scheme, Kang and others used fake identification to rent the vehicles. Next, they created false car titles, bills of sales, and other documents to make the purchase appear legitimate. They would advertise the stolen vehicles online at a fraction of their market values, then transport the vehicles to multiple states, including Nevada, California, and Arizona. Victims were required to pay by cash or cashier’s check for the vehicles. In total, more than $250,000 was stolen from victims.

U.S. Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Spencer L. Evans for the FBI made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tony Lopez and Jim Fang prosecuted the case.

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Identity Theft
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Updated July 18, 2022