Christopher Higa also allegedly issued $2,800 in bounced checks in his brother’s name at the dealership. Police detectives said he established a Bank of America account in his brother’s name.
Christopher Higa told officers that he wasn’t getting along with his family and hadn’t spoken with them in a year after they allegedly shunned him for being gay, according to police reports.
Christopher Higa told police he used his brother’s identity at Toyota of Glendale to purchase a 2011 Chevy Malibu, which he returned after discovering he could get a better deal on a newer model at the Chevrolet dealership, according to police. He allegedly told Toyota employees that he was unable to make payments because he was unemployed, so they took the car back.
Glendale Police Det. Robert Zaun described it as a “carefully constructed fraud by Christopher Higa, who obviously has no morals or conscience.”
He is charged with six felony counts of identity theft, second-degree commercial burglary, grand theft auto, issuing multiple checks with insufficient funds, and grand theft of personal property for pilfering $950 from Mad Dog Bail Bonds, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court complaint.
He remains in custody in lieu of $155,000 bail.
While his brother faces stiff penalties if convicted, Nicholas Higa said in an interview that the damage had already been done because his credit is in shambles.
He alleged that his brother had used his identity to open accounts at Best Buy, Walmart and Target, and that he had to close his bank account because his brother was illegally withdrawing funds.
Nicholas Higa and his family parted ways with his brother after he allegedly opened bogus accounts using the identity of his mother and a third sibling, according to police.
“I hope he goes to jail for a long time,” Nicholas Higa said. “If he did this … to me, who knows who’s next. It has to stop sooner or later.”