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Local man almost loses $660,000 in fraud scheme, 2 men charged

A man from Georgia was arrested this week for aiding a scheme to defraud a Palm Beach man of almost $700,000, according to authorities. (Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)

A man from Georgia was arrested this week for aiding a scheme to defraud a Palm Beach man of almost $700,000, according to authorities.

Palm Beach police say 32-year-old Maurice Jeffries helped another man, Robert Dedeaux, take $160,000 in monetary assets from bank accounts at five Bank of Americas in California, Nevada, and Georgia before getting caught.

Their original goal was to take $660,00 from the man's accounts, according to police.

Authorities say the first transaction occurred when Dedeaux used a fraudulent driver's license with the victim's actual driver's license number, name and address and the debit card to get $140,000 from the victim's account from a bank in Los Angeles, Ca. Dedeaux was able to get through the verification process because police said he hijacked the victim's Verizon account, and was therefore able to give the teller the correct verification PIN, police added.

Dedeaux also tried to transfer $400,000 from the victim's account to an account called Tim Ran Tech LLC, later found to be a fraudulent account created to help set up the scheme, the arrest report states. He also removed the primary debit card from the victim's bank account, effectively freezing the victim out of his own accounts.

Meanwhile, Jeffries was later caught on surveillance camera depositing money into Tim Ran Tech LLC and using an iPhone to give him the information to do so, police say. The Verizon wireless phone linked to the fraudulent account was in Jeffries' name, police learned.

Police also discovered that an iPhone registered to Jeffries had the registration documents of Tim Ran Tech LLC and identification of the victim.

Dedeaux was arrested in August of 2018 after a fraud alert popped up while he was trying to steal money from the victim's account for the sixth time, police say.

The Palm Beach police department charged Maurice Jeffries with organized scheme to defraud, money laundering, possession of cloned cellular telephone, fraudulent use of credit card, two counts of fraudulent use of personal identification information and another count of fraudulent use of personal identification information.

Jeffries is being held on $1.38 million bond.

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