Derek J. Bishop, 42, was named in a
seven-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court.
He is charged with fictitious
obligations, impersonating a diplomat and wire fraud.
Bishop used fictitious Fifth Third
checks in March 2013 to attempt to purchase a Nissan Armada for $54,098 from
According to the indictment, Bishop
tried to do the following:
tried to use fictitious checks to make payments to Verizon, AT&T, and
falsely claimed he was a foreign diplomat of the Vatican/Postmaster General of
the Divine Province in an attempt to avoid paying taxes on the vehicle and to
demand his release from the Cuyahoga County Jail.
used fraudulent trust documents in March 2013 to attempt to purchase property
in Moreland Hills, Ohio, for more than $3.1 million.
attempted to purchase the property by providing Chicago Title Company LLC with
false and fraudulent trust documents representing to be for the Bishop Family
Trust, even though the trust had no assets or funds to pay the purchase price,
according to the indictment.
The case is being prosecuted by
Assistant United States Attorney Matthew W. Shepherd following an investigation
by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.