MIDDLE RIVER — Igor Rosensteel, 30, of Middle River, was sentenced in July to 50 months in federal prison for device fraud and aggravated identity theft. The charges stem from a scheme in which he held himself out as a federal law enforcement officer or federal employee in order to defraud at least 15 victims.
Rosensteel previously admitted that he posed as a Secret Service Agent to scam victims, stealing their bank checks and credit cards, according to a press release. He pleaded guilty to the crime on Sept. 1, 2020, and also pleaded guilty to additional charges of identity theft while on pretrial release in June and July 2020.
According to his guilty plea, on Aug. 3, 2018, Rosensteel was pulled over in Baltimore by a law enforcement officer for driving with a suspended license. When the officer asked for his license and registration, Rosensteel pulled a law enforcement badge from his pocket and claimed he was a Secret Service Agent. The officer detected the smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle and believed that Rosensteel was using the badge to get a break from a traffic ticket. Rosensteel was transported to the police station and continued to assert that he was a law enforcement officer. Investigation found that Rosensteel had never worked as an officer or employee of the federal government. Rosensteel later admitted that he had flashed a fake badge and lied about being an agent.
Over the period January 2018 to February 2019, Rosensteel pretended to be a federal law enforcement officer and used the fake identity to defraud at least eight victims, the press release stated. He specifically used the identity to get free parking and food in restaurants, and gain the trust of women he met online. He then exploited victims, cashing out loans in their names, saddling them with heavy debt. He also secretly stole keys, bank checks and credit cards and reportedly spent more than $20,000 with the items.
According to his second plea agreement, Rosensteel was placed on pretrial release on Jan. 30, 2020, for pending federal charges. While on pretrial release, he employed the same deceptive strategy online and got romantically involved with someone, after falsely claiming he was a CIA employee. He also removed his electronic monitoring bracelet and absconded – or evaded supervision – from his third-party custodian in June 2020.
In July 2020, the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Rosensteel in another state and found that he possessed at least seven debit and credit cards in the names of at least six victims. He also had the banking information of another victim written inside his wallet.