LAPEER, Mich. -- A 38-year-old Flint man was arrested Thursday after attempting to scam a 15-year-old Florida resident convincing him he was a Michigan State Police trooper.
Jason Inman was arraigned Friday in the 71-A District Court on five felony charges: unlawful driving away of 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.
Inman is also a habitual offender, according to police.
The teen, who believed he was in fact scammed by a MSP trooper, contacted the MSP and the investigation began.
Inman was arrested by MSP Lapeer Post following a four month investigation revealing he had gained access to a MSP patrol vehicle while it was being serviced at his job a Lapeer-area car dealership.
The investigation revealed that in the fall of 2018, Inman posted a remote-control boat for sale on Facebook.
The Florida teen saw the posting and contacted Inman to purchase the boat.
Inman agreed to sell the boat to the teen and advised him to send him the money, following which he would mail him the boat.
The teen was suspicious of sending the money and in response, Inman, who is a mechanic at a Lapeer-area car dealership, videotaped himself entering and driving a fully marked MSP cruiser that was at the dealership for repairs.
Police say in the video Inman states, “That’s my car, I’m a State Trooper.”
After receiving the video, the teen sent Inman the funds to purchase the boat, but after a few weeks, when the boat never arrived, the teen contacted Inman, who acknowledged he scammed the teen using a police car and then promptly closed his Facebook account.