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LOTTERY SCAM Surveillance Photos Available

Updated: 7/17/01 10:56:25 AM
BSO Case Number: TM01-06-3659
PIO Number: 01-7-33
Date: 7/17/2001
Time: 11:00am
Place of Occurrence: Bank Atlantic, 5600 North University Drive, Tamarac

Victim(s):

  • Mirtha Enriquez, 3/14/56, 9675 NW 28th Street, Coral Springs

Suspect(s):

  • See Narrative

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s District 7 (Tamarac) detectives are trying to track down two scoundrels who used a “lottery” scam to steal $21,000 from a 45-year-old Coral Springs woman.

Mirtha Enriquez told investigators that she was shopping at the Home Depot store located at Copans Road and I-95 when a man who called himself Raphael approached her. He asked her directions to a lawyer’s office and said that he had won the lottery. He told her that since he was an illegal alien he wasn’t able to cash the ticket. Just then a second suspect appeared, pretending not to know the first. He said he would be happy to help and would call the lottery office to find out how much the ticket was worth. He returned a short time later and said it was valued at $190,000. After talking it over, Enriquez and the second suspect agreed to pay Raphael $42,000 for the ticket. They would each contribute $21,000 and split the earnings.

Enriquez drove to the Bank Atlantic, located at 5600 N. University Drive in Tamarac, and was followed by the men. She entered the bank with the second suspect, who later identified himself as Roglio, and withdrew $21,000 in cash. When she returned to the car, she handed the cash to Raphael, who placed it in an envelope and taped it shut. Shortly after, one of the men claimed he felt ill and asked Enriquez to go to a nearby drugstore to pick up some medicine. Before going into the store, she asked for the envelope and it was handed to her. She made the purchase; however, when she left the store the men were gone. She checked the envelope and realized that it was identical to the one that contained the money, but inside it she found pieces of plain paper – no cash.

The suspects were Hispanic males in their mid-30’s. The first, who identified himself as Raphael, was 5’8” tall, 200 pounds, moustache, wearing black pants and a blue shirt. The second suspect, who identified himself as Rogelio, was 5’6” tall, 160 pounds, wearing tan pants and a green t-shirt.

Media note: The second suspect was caught on tape inside the bank with the victim. The surveillance video not being released, however, still photos are available on the BSO website at www.sheriff.org Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. P Fernandez – Dist 7 (PIO: Kirk Englehardt)

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