LAPEER COUNTY (WJRT) (2/8/2019) - A 38-year-old Flint man was arraigned Friday on charges that he unlawfully used a Michigan State Police patrol car to scam a teen in Florida out of money.
Jason Inman is facing charges of unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, impersonating a peace officer to commit a crime, using a computer to commit a crime and larceny by false pretenses.
He also is being charged as a habitual offender.
Police say Inman advertised a remote control boat for sale on the internet last fall and a 15-year-old from Florida reached out to buy it. Inman instructed the teen to send the money and then he would send the boat.
However, the teen became suspicious of the transaction. Inman, who works at a Lapeer-area car dealership that was servicing a Michigan State Police patrol car, allegedly videotaped himself getting in and out of the car.
In the video, police say Inman impersonated a trooper and stated, “That’s my car. I’m a state trooper.”
The Florida teen was convinced after receiving the video and sent the money. A few weeks later, after Inman allegedly failed to send the boat, police say he admitted to scamming the teen and deleted his Facebook account used during the ruse.
The 15-year-old still believed he had been scammed by a Michigan State Police trooper and called investigators there to file a report. That launched the investigation, which led to Inman's arrest.