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Upstate man accused of fraudulently obtaining car from Ford dealership taken into custody in NY, car recovered

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Photo of Willingham (left) and Black (Center) (Source: Newberry Co. SO) Photo of Willingham (left) and Black (Center) (Source: Newberry Co. SO)
Todd Miller Willingham. (Source: NCSO) Todd Miller Willingham. (Source: NCSO)
NEWBERRY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said a man who deputies said defrauded a Ford dealership and took off with a car is now in custody.

Deputies said they needed help locating Todd Miller Willingham and a 2017 Ford Edge he was believed to be driving.

Deputies said Willingham went to Cromley Ford on Wilson Road in Newberry on December 27 and deceived employees there with false information about a trust fund and fraudulent account information to obtain the vehicle.

The dealership didn’t learn they had been swindled until after the suspect had left with the car.

On Saturday, deputies said Willingham was in taken into custody by law enforcement in Brooklyn, New York, and the car had been recovered. His accomplice, Laura Black, was also taken into custody.

Black will be charged with being an accessory to the theft as an accomplice, for aiding the flight and deceiving law enforcement of their whereabouts.

Deputies said Willingham has been charged with felony breach of trust.

Deputies said Willingham has an extensive history of fraudulent activity and has multiple convictions on his record.

Investigators with the Newberry County Sheriff's Office are working with NYPD on extradition proceedings.

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