Queens DA Melinda Katz and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced on Friday that Guang Jin of Flushing has been charged with grand larceny, identity theft and other crimes for using a fake ID to buy and lease several luxury cars.
One of the victims was actually Jin’s terminally-ill uncle.
“We are coming after con artists and crooks who run scams to enrich themselves at the expense of others,” Katz said. “This defendant is accused of stealing his dying uncle’s identity and going on a shopping spree for luxury automobiles.
“Others were also allegedly victimized when the defendant used forged documents to acquired cars in their names,” she added. “This kind of thievery is inexcusable.”
Jin was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on two separate complaints charging with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft and other crimes.
He will return to court on September 28.
If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in prison.