- BSO Case Number:
- North Lauderdale
- Place of Occurrence:
- 1752 South State Road 7, North Lauderdale
- William Jason Tyler, 47, 9/14/74, male, 3901 N.E. First Terrence, Oakland Park
- Walfredo Misas Cruz, 31, 8/28/91, male, 2730 N.W. 23rd Street, Fort Lauderdale
Detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office North Lauderdale District arrested two men for defrauding a business and its customers of more than $643,162.
According to investigators, former Z Motors employees William Tyler and Walfredo Misas Cruz engaged in a systematic, organized scheme that allowed them to fraudulently steal 24 vehicles from the North Lauderdale business and sell those vehicles to various individuals and wholesalers to the tune of $347,774. The pair also defrauded 166 of the business’ customers of close to $300,000 in cash via money transfer apps. The customers thought their down payments and monthly vehicle payments were being received by the business, not Tyler and Misas Cruz. Tyler received approximately $168,510 from customers using the financial transfer apps, while Misas Cruz accepted roughly $126,878.
North Lauderdale detectives began investigating the duo in July of 2022 after the business reported unethical activities involving the two suspects. Through their investigation, detectives learned the pair falsely brokered deals using the company’s information and that the scam took place between November 2018 to July 2022.
On Wednesday, Sept. 7, Tyler and Misas Cruz were arrested and taken to BSO Main Jail. Both are facing 24 counts of grand theft auto, one count of grand theft in the first degree and one count of obtaining property over $50,000 by fraud. Tyler faces an additional charge of impersonating/using the identification of another without consent.
The investigation continues.
Det. N. Hamze, North Lauderdale
Sgt. T. Gentile, North Lauderdale
THIS REPORT BY:
Gerdy St. Louis/PIO