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Man Used Craigslist To Defraud Heavy Equipment Buyers, Police Say
Original source: Sun Sentinel Miami

Screen Shot 2018-10-08 at 1.21.09 PM.png Six Craigslist customers from across the country were defrauded by a Miami man who took their payments for heavy equipment and a classic car, but didn’t deliver the goods, Miramar police say.

Antwoine Shane Brown, 24, is accused of taking $88,800 from six different people who wired payments to his account at a Fifth Third Bank in South Florida during July and August.

Brown used the cash to buy money orders at Publix stores and to pay for rent and other living expenses, according to an arrest warrant.

“We believe he is connected to a larger network that does all kinds of scams,” Miramar Police Detective Mark Moretti said on Saturday.

The six transactions described in the warrant are:

--A woman from Texas paid $10,000 for a Forest River Heritage Glen travel trailer. Her bank stopped the transaction and eventually she got her money back.

--A man from New York paid $13,500 for a 2003 Bobcat 331D Mini Excavator.

--A New Hampshire man paid $15,000 for a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air.

--A Washington woman paid $22,000 for a John Deere 410J Backhoe.

--A Georgia man paid $13,000 for a 2015 John Deere Tractor 3033R.

--A Colorado man paid $15,300 for a 2003 Case Backhoe.

Brown’s bank account was in the name of Aaron Nevin. When customers responded to the Craigslist ads, someone called “Alex” phoned them to negotiate the deals and providing wiring instructions.

Brown was identified by fingerprints on a withdrawal slip, on surveillance video and by a bank teller, the warrant said.

Brown is facing charges of grand theft; money laundering; defrauding a financial institution; scheming to defraud and structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements.

During a Sept. 28 bond court hearing, an assistant public defender said Brown was a new father and sought to have his bond amounts reduced.

Broward County Judge Kim Theresa Mollica disagreed.

“The court does have a concern for the community, because it is alleged that these were fraudulent Craigslist scams,” Mollica said.

She set Brown’s bond at $145,000. He is being held in the main Broward County jail in Fort Lauderdale. Through a private attorney, Brown has pleaded not guilty.

Miramar Police ask anyone with information about this case to call Detective Moretti at 954-602-4184.

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