OAKLAND -- A Danville man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, charges that could carry a maximum sentence of 42 years in prison, officials said.

Behzad Talai Mofrad, 47, admitted to using the identity of a missing man, only in court documents as "J.W.," to obtain false identification information and to lease a 2013 BMW M3 coupe from an Alameda County car dealership, according to a news release from United States Attorney Melinda Haag.

Court documents also stated that Mofrad admitted to planning to sell the car for money, but was arrested before he could do so.

Mofrad was charged with two counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 3 in Oakland.

The maximum sentence for each wire fraud count is 20 years' imprisonment, and a fine of $250,000. The mandatory penalty for aggravated identity theft is two years' imprisonment, according to the news release.

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