Have you ever wondered if the person responsible for sending you an email that is clearly a scam and from overseas will get arrested? These Internet scams while obvious to most have been responsible for the theft of millions of dollars for the unsuspecting victim. Unfortunately this type of white-collar crime usually targets the elderly who see their life savings vanish at the thought of having won the lottery for inherited a large sum of money.
Recently the first Jamaican man extradited to the United States to face Internet lottery fraud charges has admitted to his involvement in a wire fraud conspiracy that targets targeted senior citizens. The fraud was aimed at convincing the elderly victim that they had one millions of dollars, however, were required to pay advanced fees in order to claim their reward. This white color crime convinced victims to send amounts in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Stolen funds were either mailed for wire transferred directly to the perpetrators of the crime Damion Bryan Barrett acted as a conspirator in the fraud and was paid a percentage of all amounts stolen pursuant to the Internet scam.
Information on this overseas scam or any other current and ongoing fraudulent activity to be aware of can be discussed by contacting Fort Lauderdalewhite collar crime lawyer William R. Moore at 954-523-5333.
Recent reports by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department state that 6 Apple store employees and 1 Best Buy employee have been arrested. These employees are accused of teaming up to defraud the Apple store located at the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale.view sun-seninel article
According to Broward Police Detectives began investigating after Apple’s regional loss prevention manager, whom reported unusually high number of exchanges at the Fort Lauderdale Galleria Mall store.
The accusations are that since April 2014 these Apple store employees defrauded the store out of approximately 600 iPhones worth an estimated cost of half-million dollars. view apple store info
How did this scheme work? According to the Fort Lauderdale Police department the ringleader of this group has been identified as Devon Persad. Persad would contact his accomplice at Best Buy store, identified as Sean Flynn, for a list of ‘cold’ serial numbers. ‘Cold’ serial numbers being ones from the Best Buy store inventory that had not been registered.
Apple store employees involved in this scheme would be paid between $45-$75 to exchange the stolen iPhones for new ones with ‘cold’ serial codes. Unidentified suspects who posed, as customers would exchange broken or locked iPhones to the Apple store employees. These employees would then select a serial number provided by the Best Buy employee and associate the phone being exchanged by the unknown suspects. Customers who bought iPhones at the Best Buy store reported problems registering their smartphone because the serial number had already been registered.
According to Broward criminal defense attorney William R. Moore this is considered a white-collar crime and the potential charges for this type of fraud are harsh. Defending these types of white-collar crimes are very complex due to the fact of the number of people being accused. The testimonies of the defendants can be used against others facing the same charges.
The individuals arrested in this scheme have been charged organized theft with one count each of obtaining property over $50,000 by fraud, grand theft less than $100,000 and stolen property.
On August 14, 2014 the Sun Sentinel released an article on a former medical assistant pleading guilty to identity theft in Hollywood, Florida. Federal prosecutors state that La Toya Yvette Tillman, 33, used her work computer to obtain the personal information of 2,000 people. Tillman sold the identities of 2,000 Florida residents at the cost of $1.00 each to a man named Hadrick Smith. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office Smith used the information to file fraudulent tax returns.
Since 2012 Tillman has been under investigation for stealing the identities of thousands of South Florida residents from the Memorial Healthcare System database. The 33-year-old woman admitted to one count of possessing unauthorized access devices and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Sentencing is scheduled for October 24 2014 before U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayle in Fort Lauderdale.
Federal Identity Theft Charges and Consequences Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998 makes it a federal crime when an individual knowingly transfers or uses, the identification of another person with the intent to commit or aid an unlawful activity. Federal identity theft cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice and in most cases result in the maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.
Arrangements to commit identify theft or fraud may involve violations of other statues such as computer fraud. Each of these federal offenses is a felony with serious penalties and in some cases result in prison sentences.
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According to William R. Moore the Fraud scheme targeting Broward County residents used dating website to lure victims into sending nude photos.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office has uncovered a local crime ring targeting users of online dating sites.
Victims were told that the were being investigated for involvement in commission of a sex crime involving a minor.
The scammers persuade prospective daters to send sexually explicit photos. Once received, they identify themselves as law enforcement officers and say the photo was sent to a minor and to avoid arrest you better pay up, said Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office. see news article
According to William Moore, a criminal defense attorney in Broward County (where the fraud has played out) claims that the suspects are impersonating officers which involved the use of specific and accurate information such as officer names, badge numbers and phone numbers.
Broward police officers like Officer Don Peterson expressed anger upon learning that they were being impersonated.
“It’s an extortion, it’s a shakedown,” Peterson said. “It’s not just one person doing this. It’s multiple people.”
Why Impersonate Law Enforcement Officers?
White Collar Crimes require the element of trust and legitimacy according to William Moore, a Fraud Lawyer in Broward.
Complex or organized fraud scams that are implemented in such a way as to quickly instil legitimacy coupled with placing of the intended victim in fear are quite effective. Most white collar crimes that I have seen in Broward over the years involved sufficient grooming on the part of the perpetrators. The earning of trust often takes time. Where officers are impersonated, there is an overall environment of authenticity that is established. Fear of prosecution acts as a kicker that can force immediate response by unsuspecting victims. – William Moore, White Collar Fraud Lawyer in Broward
“Because of the type of conversations they’re having, and because they’ve sent explicit photos, a lot of times [the victims] do feel guilty,” Peterson said. “They feel that they’re going to be exposed, and they don’t want to be exposed, and they play along.”
Moore claims that fraud schemes such as these require the assailants to limit the amount of time and number of victims in a particular area due to the fact that accurate contact information is being used specific to the stolen identification of officers.
by William R. Moore
William R. Moore is a lawyer with William R. Moore Criminal Defense Attorneys: 1 Financial Plaza #2500 Fort Lauderdale FL 33394 (954) 523-5333
The Sun Sentinel has reported that a Broward County resident has been arrested for wire fraud conspiracy in connection with the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme.
Our criminal lawyers report that the accused individual is a senior citizen by the name of Frank Preve.
The accused apparently worked for the Banyon Group which apparently managed hedge funds and invested more than $157 million in the Rothstein fraud. Scott Rothstein is currently serving 50 years in a federal prison after admitting to one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in United States history.