A Florida woman was arrested this week on multiple charged after a fraud investigation revealed she lied about being in the military in order to purchase a brand new pick up truck. Investigators say 48-year-old Vanessa Tesky was able to get a new Dodge Ram despite having bad credit by lying about working for the Air Force to persuade the salesman to accommodate her payment methods.
In 2016, Tesky identified herself to the car dealership by handing over a Mississippi driver’s license along with a U.S. uniformed services identification card. Since she had poor credit and would have a difficult time getting a loan, she reportedly told the salesman that she was an employee of the Air Force and earned $7,000 a month. The salesman allowed her to put down a large down payment.
Investigators say Tesky also provided two fraudulent checks from a USAA account that had been closed. USAA is a banking institution that works specifically with the military.
In December, the dealership was notified that Tesky used bad checks and the salesman contacted Tesky. Tesky told the dealership employee that she could not return the vehicle because it had crashed due to faulty equipment and was in Maryland at a U.S. naval base. Because of the alleged faulty equipment, she also refused to pay the money she owed.
Detectives learned that Tesky was never in the military and that the military ID card she used showing that she was a military dependent was false. Investigators tracked her down and found her in Osceola County with a new Toyota that she also obtained by using the same fraudulent scheme.
Tesky confessed to detectives that she was not in the Air Force, but alleged her ex-husband was. With the warrant obtained, investigators found checkbooks from USAA, a military dependent ID card, and a letter written to a Ford dealership which stated that she is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force.
Tesky was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail but will be transferred to Polk County jail.