Police: Man made illegal withdrawals from accounts
A Chicago man was arrested last week after police said he tried to steal more than $245,000 out of a Palm Beach man’s accounts.
Robert Dedeaux, 38, used a fake ID and debit card to make illegal withdrawals from Bank of America offices in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Atlanta, pretending to be a 54-year-old man from Palm Beach, according to a police report.
Dedeaux first withdrew $140,000 from the account at a Bank of America in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, police said.
When the bank teller sent a code to the phone number listed on the account, attempting to verify the transaction, police said the code was sent to Dedeaux’s cell phone, allowing Dedeaux to withdraw the money.
From Aug. 11 to 13, Dedeaux withdrew $5,000 from the account at a Bank of America in Las Vegas and made a $400,000 transfer from the account into a separate business account at a Bank of America in Atlanta, police said.
The Palm Beach man later told police the business account did not belong to him, according to the report.
On Aug. 13, Dedeaux entered a different Bank of America in Atlanta and tried to withdraw $100,000 from the account, according to the report.
Instead of giving him the money, bank staff found fraudulent activity on the account, police said, and called the Atlanta Police Department.
Dedeaux tried to flee before police arrived but was later arrested, according to the report.
After an investigation, Palm Beach Police charged Dedeaux with grand larceny of more than $100,000, fraudulent use of personal identification information, scheme to defraud more than $50,000 and unlawful use of a cell phone, all felonies.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dedeaux on Aug. 19. He is being held on $110,000 bond.