Man Who Posed as Army Veteran Pleads Guilty to Larceny

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville Bard Jr. have announced that Jeremy Wilson, 45, pleaded guilty this past week in Middlesex Superior Court to forgery, uttering forged documents, three counts of larceny over $250, credit card fraud over $250 and being a common and notorious thief. Judge Kathe Tuttman sentenced the defendant to six to seven years in State Prison. The defendant is currently serving seven to fourteen years in prison on charges out of New York State. He will serve his Massachusetts sentence after the completion of his New York committed time.

In December of 2015, the defendant obtained a check with the account information of a Cambridge-based design company. The defendant then used blank check stock, a computer and a printer to create new checks using the bank routing number and account number from the original check. He then deposited the checks into a bank account he created under the name Jeremiah Asimov-Beckingham. The defendant was able to net $70,000 in withdrawals before the bank determined that the checks were counterfeit.

On December 1 and December 3, 2015, the defendant went to the City of Cambridge Veterans’ Services Department and claimed to be Jeremiah Asimov-Beckingham, a recently discharged Army veteran in need of financial help. He presented a forged discharge document as evidence. Based on the forged document, as well as other representations and false documents the defendant presented, the defendant received a check for $1,310 from the City of Cambridge.

On the evening of December 6, 2015, the defendant broke into MIT labs in Cambridge and stole computers, monitors and printers from the university. The defendant also stole a departmental credit card. Beginning on December 9, 2015, the defendant used the MIT card to make over $5,000 of internet purchases for military equipment, insignia and uniforms.

Using the proceeds of his counterfeit checks, in late December 2015, the defendant purchased a BMW X3. He absconded to New York in that vehicle; taking the property he stole with him. On December 31, 2015, using location information for that vehicle provided by BMW, the New York Police Department was able to find the X3 in a Manhattan parking garage. That, in turn, led them to the defendant, who was arrested on January 4, 2016.

This case was investigated by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Cambridge Police Department and the MIT Police Department.

The prosecutors assigned to this case were Assistant District Attorneys Doug Cannon and Cyrus Chung.

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