Do people running overseas Internet scams ever get arrested?

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Fort Lauderdale Fraud Lawyer William MooreHave 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 Lauderdale white collar crime lawyer William R. Moore at 954-523-5333.

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Fort Lauderdale Apple Store Employees Facing White Collar Grand Theft Charges

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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.

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William R. Moore
William R. Moore Criminal Defense Attorneys
1 Financial Plaza #2500
Fort Lauderdale FL 33394
(954) 523-5333

 

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Ex-medical aide pleads guilty in ID theft case

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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.

More information may be obtained by William Moore of William Moore Criminal Defense.

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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William Moore
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1 Financial Plaza #2500
Fort Lauderdale FL 33394
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Extortion scam targets Broward Residents

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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.

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Internet Site Scams Make Identity Theft and Bribery Much Easier According to Fraud Lawyer William Moore in Broward County

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William R.  Moore is a lawyer with William R. Moore Criminal Defense Attorneys: 1 Financial Plaza #2500 Fort Lauderdale FL 33394 (954) 523-5333

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New Arrest in Rothstein Ponzi Scheme Investigation

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More information on the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme may be obtained by contacting attorney William Moore in Broward County.

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.

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White Collar Crime of Insurance Fraud

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Insurance frauds involve defrauding the insurance provider, by claiming benefits that the person is not entitled to, or defrauding the insured by denying benefits that they are entitled to receive.

White Collar Crime Attorneys in Broward County have seen a drastic increase in Insurance Fraud Arrests over the last decade.

Insurance frauds are categorized into hard and soft frauds. In hard fraud, the perpetrator intentionally plans and executes a loss to claim compensation of the insured amount. See our video on White Collar Crime in Broward County. 

This could include offenses like purposefully colliding an insured vehicle, setting fire to insured property, or fabricating death or health certificates. Soft fraud on the other hand is simply exaggerating the circumstances to increase the claim amount, or misrepresenting facts that might lower premium amounts.

Federal White Collar Crimes

Many white collar crimes involve the use of Internet, telephone, or postal system, and in such crimes it may not be possible to pinpoint the jurisdiction. Hence, such crimes are prosecuted as federal crimes, and they may include wire fraud, mail fraud, ponzi schemes, insider trading, and securities fraud.

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Clerk of Court Employee Pleads Guilty to ID theft – Sun Sentinel

Broward County Clerk of Court Arrest Results in a Guilty Plea. Howard C. Foreman supports the imposition of jail time in a public statement claims Criminal Lawyers from William Moore Criminal Defense a Broward County Law Firm.  Defendant Porcha Kyles was accused of selling identification information in the form of Driver Licenses to a Criminal Ring in Broward County Florida for the purposes of filing fraudulent tax returns claims criminal lawyers from Broward County based criminal defense firm William Moore Criminal Defense.

Article: Broward County Clerk of Court Employee Pleads Guilty

A Broward County court clerk on Monday joined the ever-growing ranks of workforce employees convicted of using job-related computer systems to commit identity theft.

South Florida has emerged as the epicenter of identity theft scams, leading the nation’s largest metro areas in reports of identity theft for three straight years, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Porscha Kyles, 25, of Davie, pleaded guilty Monday to using her work computer to steal drivers’ names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and other personal information while working at the public counter in the traffic and misdemeanor division in the county courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

She then sold the information to another person who used it to file fraudulent income tax returns. The co-conspirator is not identified in court documents.

At a federal court hearing Monday afternoon, Kyles pleaded guilty to two felonies: a conspiracy charge and one count of aggravated identity theft.

“Crime doesn’t pay,” Kyles’ former boss, Broward Clerk of Courts Howard C. Forman, said Monday afternoon. “She deserves to serve time for what she did.”

In exchange for Kyles’ cooperation and insight into the scam, federal prosecutors will recommend a three-year prison term when Kyles is sentenced Jan. 6.

The number of South Florida identity complaints doubled from 2011 to 2012, the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book reported earlier this year.

Broward, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale-Dade counties had 35,914 reports of identity theft in 2012 — or 645.4 complaints per 100,000 population, the FTC report said. In 2011, the number of reports was 17,546.

Recent court cases indicate employees in the workforce are turning to the computer systems they access at work to steal personal information.

Earlier this month, a Fort Lauderdale federal jury convicted a City of Fort Lauderdale police officer of using his department laptop to illegally look up random drivers’ personal information on a state database and fraudulently filing income tax returns with the information.

In July, a respiratory therapist for South Fort Lauderdale Hospital admitted in federal court that she stole the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of more than 800 patients.

A former patient scheduler at Boca Raton Regional Hospital was sentenced in July to one and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing patients’ identity information and passing the information on to another woman who used it to file as many as 56 fraudulent tax returns.

In February, a senior clerk at the Fort Lauderdale Health Department was arrested and charged with using her job to steal identity information from more than 2,800 patients. She faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced Jan. 9.

And back in 2011, a Broward School District employee was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for pilfering teachers’ personal information and selling it to identity thieves.

Forman, Broward’s Clerk of Courts, wasn’t specific but said his office has “taken extra precautions” since Kyles’ arrest to ensure other employees aren’t tempted to do the same.

“Ninety-nine percent of our employees have been honest and they continue to be honest,” Forman said. “But, you always have to be on your guard.”

Kyles was fired in May after co-workers and state officials noticed suspicious computer database activity.

According to the federal indictment, Kyles was authorized to use the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Driver and Vehicle Information Database while assisting local residents with traffic tickets and driver-related criminal cases.

But Kyles’ frequent use of the database triggered a red flag which led to the discovery that she was stealing motorists’ identities.

Court records did not specify how many identities were stolen, but U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum said Monday that there were at least 10 victims and the loss was between $120,000 and $200,000.

In exchange for Kyles’ guilty plea, federal prosecutors agreed to drop five additional felony charges.

Kyles will remain free on $100,000 bond until she is sentenced.

via Former Broward court clerk pleads guilty to ID theft – Sun Sentinel.

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Automobile Fraud

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Broward County residents charged with auto fraud also known as car-selling scam
September 8, 2012|By Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel

Nine South Florida residents — including a Fort Lauderdale Beach police officer — were arrested this week after a yearlong investigation into auto fraud that cost Fort Lauderdale-area businesses nearly a half-million dollars, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Friday.

One Boca Raton suspect, Shannon A. Reid, 56, remained at large, police said.

Investigators allege a scheme that defrauded auto dealers and financial institutions by providing false credit information and bills-of-sale to obtain loans that were not repaid. The group included a clerk in a private tag agency and used at least three Fort Lauderdale-area auto dealerships, according to the criminal complaint.

FDLE investigator Victor Johnson said the people charged allegedly were “straw buyers,” buying and leasing cars by using other people’s credit information to inflate car loans.

“In some cases the vehicles were shipped out of the country, so there was no way to repossess them once the lenders realized they were out of the money,” Johnson said.

Johnson said several financial institutions and legitimate car dealerships are victims in the alleged scheme of auto fraud, with losses of $500,000 or more.

Charges filed against the suspects include racketeering, conspiracy, unlawful subleasing of motor vehicles, communications fraud, title fraud and false statements.

Broward County residents arrested and charged were Todd Javon Smith Jr., 29, of Pembroke Pines; Shanovia Maria Smith, 26, of Pembroke Pines; Nicholi O’Neil Smith, 37, of Miramar; Francis Elizabeth Hannan, 49, of Lauderhill; and James M. Paul, 35, of Sunrise.

In Fort Lauderdale, residents charged were Tomas Manrique, 51, and Dennis Esther Matos Torres, 42. Alexandra Olivera, 25, of Hialeah, an employee of a private auto tag office, was arrested on charges including racketeering and title fraud.

George Robert Navarro, 26, a Fort Lauderdale Beach police officer, was charged with racketeering, fraud and unlawful subleasing of motor vehicles, false statements and official misconduct. Navarro has been suspended by the police department.

Navarro’s attorney Michael Band said Navarro has had an “exemplary career” as a police officer and contends a friend he knew in middle school, serving a sentence for drug use, wrongly accused the officer.

“We dispute that he has done anything wrong,” Band said.

The case will be prosecuted by the Fort Lauderdale-Dade County State Attorney’s Office.

via South Florida residents charged in auto fraud – Sun Sentinel.

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Criminal Attorney on Insurance Fraud

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“One of the most common crimes in Florida is insurance fraud and wire or mail fraud, where the defrauding is committed by using the U.S Postal Service and even private carriers like UPS and FedEx, or by using phones, faxes, or emails. In this crime, people are solicited with some scheme that is meant to defraud the person into doing some action, which will result in the victim losing money.”

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Credit Card Conviction in South Florida

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According to Florida law, credit card conviction is when a person uses a credit card illegally or through fraudulent means, to make purchases of goods or services amounting to less than $100, or uses the card less than three times in a six-month period, then it is considered a first degree misdemeanor offense.
“This low level form of credit card fraud is punishable with up to one-year jail term and a fine. The fine can be up to $1,000 or may even be twice the amount of loss suffered by the victim, whichever is higher.” -criminal case study
Credit Card Conviction Breakdown
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, when the perpetrator uses the credit card fraudulently for purchasing goods or services amounting to $100 or more, or uses the card three times or more within a six month period, then it is a third degree felony offense.
“Such offense is punishable with up to five years jail term, and a fine of up to $5,000 or double the amount of loss suffered by the victim, whichever is higher.”
When the person receiving the payment knows the card to be illegal or fraudulent and still accepts the transaction for an amount of $300 or less, then it is a first-degree misdemeanor offense. For amounts exceeding $300, it becomes a third degree felony charge.

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