A New Jersey man has been charged with stealing New York Mets COO Jeffrey Wilpon’s identity as part of a multimillion fraud scheme.
Michael Conway, the president of a New Jersey office supply company, has been charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly defrauding an investor of $3.5 million. He is accused of forging fraudulent agreements with 58 companies, which led the investor to purchase $3.1 million in office equipment. Conway is said to have pocketed much of the money.
Conway is alleged to have presented the investor with a letter from the Mets containing Wilpon’s forged signature. Based on the forged letter, the investor sent $500,000 to Conway and a second investor sent an additional $313,000, the FBI said.
Conway, 39, faces two to 22 years in prison if convicted.
Wilpon is the son of Mets owner Fred Wilpon. His family has been the franchise’s primary owner since 2002.
- Dan Gartland