Police: Man attempts to buy $90,000 vehicle with fake ID


LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A man was arrested this week after he attempted to purchase an expensive vehicle with fake identification in Lincoln County, deputies said. 

The man, identified as William Wilson, last known address Austell, Georgia, is now charged with one felony count of fraud and one felony count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. 

A manager with Auto Sports near Lake Norman Exotics at 3489 N NC 16 Business Highway in Denver notified Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday that a fraud suspect using the identity of a Naples, Florida man was on his way to the business to take possession of a 2015 Mercedes Benz G Class valued at $89,987.

The business discovered the deal to purchase the vehicle was fraud when the man contacted the business wanting to know why they were checking his credit. That’s when it was determined the attempted purchase was fake.

The business went along with the fraud suspect when he showed up for the vehicle but Sheriff’s Sgt. P. McNeill was stationed nearby and entered the store as the man was signing financial documents and placed him in custody.

The sheriff’s office said information was turned over to Detective Richard Calhoun and all information the individual had, including his driver’s license, was determined to be false. He refused to give officers any information including his name.

The man was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. A search of various data bases using fingerprints revealed the suspect was William Wilson.

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