Broward Sheriff's Office detectives need help identifying a man who used a pool builder's identity to steal about $8,000.
On March 13, the suspect opened a business account at American National Bank, 4301 N. Federal Highway, in Oakland Park. He used a fraudulent driver's license, the victim's corporation records and $100 to activate the account. The bank employee told detectives that she initially suspected the identification might be false because of how the suspect was pictured. She compared the provided license to hers and that erased her concerns.
Nearly two months later on May 7, an electronic check for $10,000 was deposited into the account. The suspect made a number of ATM withdrawals to the tune of roughly $8,000. On May 14, the Oakland Park bank was alerted by a Georgia bank that the $10,000 check was bogus, and another fake check for $10,000 had been issued. Around 12:15 p.m. that day, the suspect returned to American National intent on withdrawing more money. The teller tried to delay him, but he fled before our deputies arrived.
The suspect has a receding hairline and appears to have a stocky build. When he visited the bank on March 13 and May 14, he wore a dress shirt and slacks.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Broward Sheriff's Office Oakland Park Detective Steve Upadayya at 954-202-3121. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at
browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.
MEDIA NOTE: Surveillance video of the suspect is available on our website,
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