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A Lamborghini is a rare sight in Union and that’s why a white Lamborghini Gallardo valued at $200,000 seen cruising the streets recently turned so many heads.
However, Union police say the driver was a criminal with an elaborate scheme to get expensive sports cars, He’s now in jail.
Timothy Rossell, 28, is charged with four counts of identity theft and one count of impersonating a federal officer.
His neighbor, Bob Brown told News 4, “Well, he’s a shyster, and should be in jail”
Investigators say Rossell began dating women in Pennsylvania, Florida and Union, Missouri after meeting them through the dating website ‘Plenty of Fish.’ In each relationship, police say he convinced the women to buy cars in their name which he drove and later sold but claimed the vehicles were stolen.
Detective Sergeant John Biser told News 4 that the victim in Union uncovered the scheme
“Located some credit cards in her name that she did not know about and then she located some federal IDs for her fiance that were a different name.”
Rossell told his victims he was a US Marshal and paramedic, and had a US Marshal identity card and ballistic vest.
Biser says Rossell convinced a victim in Ft. Meyers, Florida to buy the Lamborghini, Gallardo and a Corvette Z06, valued at $96,000. Brown says Rossell was very proud of the Lamborghini.
“Oh, he’d rev the engine. It was a 12-cylinder. He’d get out there and rev it up and I thought, ‘my god what kind of a job does this guy have to buy a car like that.”
Police say Rossell was engaged to the victim in Union and had convinced her to buy a Cadillac Escalade, Ford Mustang Shelby and a Can-Am Spyder 3-wheeled motorcycle. Investigators say when she confronted him about the fraudulent credit cards, Rossell left in the Lamborghini but it developed a flat in Effingham, IL. Police arrested him at a bus station in the town.