Po­lice: Man made il­le­gal with­drawals from ac­counts

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By IAN CO­HEN

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.


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