TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – A Miami man booked into the Leon County Jail Thursday faces 114 prices in a $2 million unclaimed property fraud scheme.
From April 29, 1999, to March 3, 2020, Alvaro Abreu made pretend claims for unclaimed property belonging to folks related to or dwelling in Venezuela, totaling greater than $2 million, court docket paperwork say.
Leon County court docket data present Abreu was arrested by Broward County Sheriff’s deputies on July 1. Court docket data present he was booked into the Leon County Jail and launched later the identical day, July 8, after posting a $178,000 bond.
An arrest picture of Abreu is just not accessible within the court docket data or the Leon County Jail’s each day reserving report.
Florida’s Division of Monetary Providers’ investigative bureau was first alerted about attainable pretend paperwork related to this scheme in April 2017.
DFS investigators say Abreu created phony corporations and used pretend Venezuelan passports to trick monetary corporations to behave as an influence of legal professional on his behalf when making fraudulent claims. Investigators combed by means of the big digital paper path — sifting by means of a whole lot of emails between the monetary corporations and Abreu’s many aliases, the possible trigger affidavit says.
These emails included the pretend paperwork used to make the claims appear official, and the affidavit says investigators seen the handwriting was comparable in lots of of those instances related to Venezuela. DFS was in a position to join the claims again to Abreu based mostly on the IP addresses these emails have been despatched from, the affidavit says.
Moreover, Abreu used an previous Miami tackle for a delivery firm that sends gadgets to Venezuela and different international locations, TL Cargo, on most of the pretend paperwork, the affidavit says. This included the financial institution accounts for pretend corporations he deposited the checks into, in line with the affidavit.
The second suspect listed within the court docket paperwork, Cristopher Abreu, is believed to be Alvaro Abreu’s brother, based mostly on social media posts investigators monitored. Cristopher’s final recognized tackle was in Caracas, Venezuela.
Alvaro Abreu faces a complete of 114 prices, together with:
- Invalid Declare for Unclaimed Property (each 1st-degree and 2nd-degree felonies)
- Aggravated White-collar Crime (1st-degree felony)
- Grand theft over $100K
- Prison Conspiracy
- Organized Fraud
- Communications Fraud
- Fraudulent Use of Private ID Data
The state describes unclaimed property as “a monetary asset that’s unknown or misplaced, or has been left inactive, unclaimed or deserted by its proprietor.” This consists of forgotten financial institution accounts, the contents of protected deposit packing containers, automobiles and boats. The unclaimed property winds up within the arms of Florida DFS when banks or companies can’t find the house owners.
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