CLEVELAND - A suburban Cleveland man is charged with impersonating a foreign diplomat to get a sales tax exemption for a car purchase and using fake documents to try to buy a house.
A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charges 42-year-old Derek J. Bishop with seven counts.
The Shaker Heights man is accused of twice claiming to be "a diplomat of the Vatican/Postmaster General of the Divine Province." Prosecutors allege he made that claim for a car purchase in mid-March and again days later to try to get released from jail.
Prosecutors say Bishop also gave a title company false trust documents while attempting to buy a $3.1 million property in Moreland Hills. They say he used false checks for the vehicle purchase and other payments.
Court records listed no attorney for Bishop.