A Miami person was charged with over 100 criminal counts in link to a 10 years-spanning property scheme and transported to the Leon County jail on Thursday.
Alvaro Abreu Jr., 38, was taken into custody after allegedly laying claim to more than $2 million in unclaimed house tied to individuals residing in Venezuela.
He often used fake names and the names of dead folks on cast files to wrongly declare the assets, according to an arrest affidavit.
Abreu and a handful of associates were associated in the scheme from April 1999 to March 2020, the affidavit reported.
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The investigation by the Florida Department of Fiscal Solutions commenced in April 2017 soon after an preliminary referral was despatched to investigators regarding a assets assert that seemed to use “altered evidence documents,” in accordance to the affidavit.
The section, below condition Main Economic Officer Jimmy Patronis, oversees unclaimed residence, defined as “a financial asset that is mysterious or lost, or has been remaining inactive, unclaimed or deserted by its proprietor.”
That includes securities, shares, overlooked lender accounts, the contents of protected deposit boxes, autos, boats and far more. When financial institutions and corporations are unable to obtain the owner of the home, it is held by the condition.
Investigators: Suspect utilized several aliases
The initial, suspicious claim proved to be a single of many listed under aliases tied to pretend passports and non-existent corporations. Financial corporations, deceived by huge quantities of phony paperwork, used a power of legal professional to make promises on behalf of Abreu’s several aliases, point out investigators said.
Abreu reportedly deposited checks acquired as a result of the plan into bank accounts tied to his many fake firms, according to the affidavit. Investigators tracked down Abreu by sourcing hundreds of email messages sent between him and numerous fiscal companies to an IP deal with in Miami, the affidavit said.
Robert Mazzei, a DFS investigator who investigated Abreu, declined remark on the case. Abreu was transported from Broward County to Leon County Thursday just before currently being launched on $178,000 bail the similar day.
Abreu’s counts, 114 in all, consist of the next prison fees:
- Invalid Declare of Unclaimed Property
- Grand Theft More than $100,000
- Arranged Fraud
- Aggravated White-collar Crime
- Fraudulent Use of Individual ID Data
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