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FDLE Breaks Up Central Florida Fraud Ring

 
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement today announced 42 individuals have been charged for their involvement in an elaborate organized fraud and identity theft ring operating across Central Florida. Investigators allege the scheme’s ring leader, Vanessa Rideau, 41, of Orlando, Fla., and her accomplices stole more than $200,000 from credit unions over a three-year period. During the last two weeks, FDLE’s Orlando Regional Operations Center arrested 21 individuals in connection with the case, and arrest warrants have been issued for an additional 21 members of the ring.

FDLE began its investigation after receiving a complaint from a local credit union. The investigation revealed that Rideau recruited accomplices and provided them a small amount of money to open accounts at a local credit union. Upon receiving Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards in the mail, the accomplices would sell the cards and the corresponding pin numbers to Rideau for a nominal fee. Rideau would then deposit fraudulent checks, via the ATM, into the recently opened accounts and then immediately make a withdrawal. Once the deposited checks failed to clear, a representative from the credit union would call the account holder. The account holder would then claim his/her ATM cards were stolen and state that they had no knowledge of the deposits or the withdrawal.

The following individuals have been arrested:
  • Remon Daniel Anselme, 30, Orlando, arrested March 16 for grand theft less than $5000;
  • Eugenia Burns, 31, Orlando, arrested March 15 for petit theft;
  • Latoya Chambers, 34, Orlando, arrested March 15 for grand theft over $10,000 but less than $20,000;
  • Quincy Chambers, 20, Orlando, arrested March 15 for grand theft over $10,000 but less than $20,000;
  • Brittany Davis, 23, Orlando, arrested March 21 for organized scheme to defraud over $50,000;
  • Ashley Gaskin, 21, Orlando, arrested March 10 for one count grand theft over $10,000 but less than $20,000;
  • Walter Giles, 25, Orlando, arrested March 10 for organized scheme to defraud;
  • Samuel Griffin, 34, Orlando, arrested March 16 for organized scheme to defraud and grand theft;
  • Travis Jenkins, 34, Orlando, arrested March 18 for petit theft;
  • Clarence Mincey, 31, Orlando, arrested March 15 for one count organized scheme to defraud, $50,000 or more and one count theft by trickery;
  • Adna Mompremier, 28, Orlando, arrested March 11 for grand theft less than $5,000;
  • Jasmine Mullins, 32, Ocoee, arrested March 19 for one count organized scheme to defraud, $50,000 or more and one count grand theft;
  • Melody Nelson, 32, Orlando, arrested March 17 for petit theft;
  •  Michelle Oliver, 32, Orlando, arrested March 17 for one count grand theft;
  • Constance Patterson, 41, Orlando, arrested March 17 for grand theft less than $5000;
  • Rouse Richardson, 43, Orlando, arrested March 11 for organized scheme to defraud over $50,000;
  • Nicole Shaw, 21, Orlando, arrested March 16 for petit theft;
  • Patrisha Shelborne, 27, Orlando, arrested March 23 for organized scheme to defraud, $50,000 or more;
  • Candace Taylor, 25, Apopka, arrested March 16 for grand theft less than $5000;
  • Felix Warren, 25, Orlando, arrested March 18 for grand theft over $10,000 but less than $20,000; and
  • Michael Vinson, 25, Orlando, arrested March 13 for one count organized scheme to defraud, $50,000 or more and one count grand theft.
The following persons are wanted for their role in the fraud ring. Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to contact Special Agent Chris Woehr at 407-245-0888 or CrimeLine at 407-423-TIPS(8477).
 
  • Vanessa Rideau, 41, Orlando, wanted for organized scheme to defraud, grand theft and petit theft;
  • Antonio Adams, 31, Orlando, wanted for grand theft;
  • Lued Browne, 20, Orlando, wanted for organized scheme to defraud;
  • Tiarra Callan, 21, Orlando, wanted for organized scheme to defraud;
  • Niccolas Chambers, 21, Orlando, wanted for organized Scheme to Defraud;
  • Dominique Davis, 23, Orlando, wanted for grand theft;
  • Brandon Demps, 22, Orlando, wanted for organized scheme to defraud;
  • Darell Dopson, 29, Orlando, wanted for grand theft;
  • Jasmine Edwards, 20, Orlando, wanted for organized scheme to defraud;
  • Emily Glover, 23, Orlando, wanted for grand theft;
  • Timothy Griffin, 40, Orlando, wanted for organized scheme to defraud;
  • Jerome Hodges, 38, Orlando, wanted for petit theft;
  • Dennis Holley, 44, Orlando, wanted for organized scheme to defraud;
  • Alleace Johnson, 36, Orlando, wanted for grand theft;
  • Carlonda Johnson, 20, Orlando, wanted for organized scheme to defraud;
  • Porsche Johnson, 20, Orlando, wanted for grand theft;
  • Shanell Jones, 23, Orlando, wanted for organized scheme to defraud;
  • Rodnelder McWhorter, 29, Orlando, wanted for grand theft;
  • Chevon Pamphile, 22, Orlando, wanted for grand theft;
  • Ann Walker, 23, Orlando, wanted for organized scheme to defraud; and
  • Noah Grant, 42, Orlando, wanted for grand theft. He is currently in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections on unrelated charges and will be served with the warrant upon his release.
During the investigation, FDLE determined that 28 of the 42 individuals charged are currently receiving public assistance benefits. FDLE’s public assistance fraud investigators are actively investigating the potential public assistance fraud violations and are in contact with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Children and Families for review and potential revocation of benefits.

Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting the case.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001