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Man accused of assuming pool builder’s identification then stealing 1000’s

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. Broward County Sheriff’s MPs are looking for a man accused of stealing approximately $ 8,000 in an elaborate identity theft program.

The sheriff’s office posted security videos Tuesday in hopes of identifying the man.

MPs said that in March a man posing as a pool builder opened a business account with the American National Bank on the 4300 block of the North Federal Highway in Oakland Park. MPs said the man presented a fake driver’s license and the victim’s company records to trick the bank into opening an account.

The bank clerk was initially suspicious of the driver’s license, but the man managed to address her concerns, MPs said.

On May 7th, according to MPs, someone deposited an electronic check for $ 10,000 in the account.

On May 14, the National Bank was alerted that the check was fraudulent, but by then someone had withdrawn about $ 8,000 from ATMs, MPs said.

Later that day, the man who opened the account returned to the branch and tried to withdraw more money from the account, MPs said. A bank employee tried to stop him but fled before the authorities arrived.

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MPs described the suspect as a black man with a stocky build and a receding hairline.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact Detective Steve Upadayya of the Broward Sheriff at Oakland Park at 954-202-3121 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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