Fugitive claiming to be Navy SEAL arrested in Virginia Beach

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Phillip Ohman (Crime Solvers)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A man accused of pretending to be a Navy SEAL and scamming several business owners in Arizona was arrested in Virginia Beach, officials announced Monday.

Phillip Ohman, 58, was wanted in Maricopa County, Arizona, on 11 felony fraud-related charges, WTKR reported.

Ohman is accused of falsely identifying himself as a Navy SEAL to earn the trust of businesses, and then write bad checks after falsely obtaining property and services, investigators said.

To help convince his alleged victims, Ohman would wear Navy SEAL hats and had a Navy SEAL bumper sticker on his vehicle. Ohman also frequently told people about upcoming deployments.

Ohman never served in the military and has a criminal record beginning in the 1980s that spans several states, with multiple prior arrests for writing bad checks, theft, larceny and committing fraudulent schemes, WTKR reported. He is accused of using various false names while scamming his victims, one of which is Phillip D’Marcone.

On June 16, Ohman was indicted in Maricopa Count for attempt to commit fraudulent schemes and artifices, fraudulent schemes and artifices, two counts of theft, four counts of trafficking in stolen property and taking identity of another.

The U.S. Marshals in Arizona reached out to the U.S. Marshals in Norfolk with information that Ohman may be residing in Virginia Beach under a different name. On Friday, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Virginia Beach Fugitive Unit took Ohman into custody at a residence on the 2600 block of Killey Court around 5 p.m.

Ohman is currently being held at Virginia Beach City Jail awaiting extradition to Arizona.

The U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force consists of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, Newport News Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Norfolk Police Department.


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