Flights in private planes, luxury carsNearly a million dollars worth of home renovations, cruises, nights at exclusive hotels and lavish dinners with prime meats and champagne.
Such is the life of a young man named Nicholas Bryant Texan 23 years old, until last year.
The young man claimed to be the son of wealthy oil and gas investors. In addition, he said that he works for several large companies.
However, this life turned out to be a big lie through which he was able to deceive more than 50 people and companies, for which he was arrested in December 2021.
The 26-year-old is in the midst of legal action that could send him to federal prison for up to 20 years.
An invented life
On November 9, Bryant admitted to justice that he had become a fraudster in order to have the luxury life he had always dreamed of.
“Like many of his peers, Nicholas Bryant loved the life of the rich and famous. But unlike his peers, he didn’t let lack of funds get in the way of his imagination.”, Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham explained during the performance against Bryant. According to a report by local TV station KTWX.
According to the defendant’s testimony, between 2020 and 2021 he manipulated various online payment platforms to defraud victims. Bryant was able to get the sites to show his commitment to payment and delay the announcement for several days which would have been impossible.
According to investigators, this way Bryant was able to get at least a dozen flights on private jets, take lunch on a 27-meter yacht, buy five luxury cars worth half a million dollars and pay for labor and materials for repairs. $980,000 for his house and pool.
As part of his crime spree, Bryant used false identities, created fraudulent websites, and posed with some of his victims as acquaintances. In at least one instance, he convinced the owner of an oil and gas company to loan him $150,000 to invest in an oil well that never existed.
In total, according to Justice, his scams were valued at more than $1.5 million.
One of his last scams occurred in November 2021, when he approached a private airline saying he wanted to buy one but needed a test flight to define his purchase. In this way he traveled from his hometown of Lubbock to Houston and then to Miami.
While in the latter city, the company was notified that Bryant’s transfer was fraudulent. The cost of the trip was estimated at over $75,000. Bryant promised to resolve the issue with a bank transfer, which never happened.
Bryant was arrested in December 2021 and sent to the Lubbock jail to await sentencing. On Wednesday, he finally reached a plea deal with Justice in which he faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to all charges against him.
Other similar cases
“Without the interference of our law enforcement partners, this defendant could very well be Anna Delvy or Frank Abagnale of Lubbock.”, Attorney Meacham commented.
Anna Delvi was the false identity used by Anna Sorokin between 2013 and 2019, a 31-year-old Russian-born woman with German citizenship who was able to defraud hotels, banks and various chains of hundreds of thousands of dollars. New York’s most elite circles.
Delvi, who claimed to be the heir to a wealthy German family, was arrested in the United States in 2019 and sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison for defrauding victims of $275,000. However, he was released in February 2021 for good behavior, although he was arrested again in March 2022 after his visa expired.
She was released again in October. His story inspired a successful series produced by Netflix, for which Delvy received about 320 thousand dollars.
Another hoax story brought into the world of fiction is that of Frank William Abagnale Jr., one of the most famous modern hoaxers.
Abagnale, whose career was depicted in the movie “Catch Me If You Can,” assumed eight false identities over five years, including as a pediatrician, a lawyer, an airline pilot and even a U.S. Secret Service agent.
In the 1970s, Abagnale defrauded various banks out of thousands of dollars by posing as a Pan-Am pilot for over 200 free flights. When his lies were discovered, the FBI and Interpol began searching for him, leading to him serving prison terms in France, Sweden and finally Virginia, USA.
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