Seven Charged in South Florida Fraud Scheme

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Miami Regional Operations Center and the Coral Gables Police Department (CGPD) today announce the arrest of four people for organized scheme to defraud, a first-degree felony. The group is charged with defrauding numerous financial institutions out of more than $110,000 by using stolen identities to pass counterfeit checks.

Those arrested include: Franklyn Eugene Baillou, 36, of Miami Gardens; Daniel Jesus Acuna, 41, of the Desoto Correctional Annex; Bibiana Montoya, 23, of Miami; and Carlos Orta, 30, of Hialeah.

Authorities have active arrest warrants for the following individuals: Anthony Farmer, 39, of Miami Gardens; Amelia Agramonte, 29, of Miami; and Akemy Napoles, 33, of Miami.

The investigation began January 2009 when FDLE was contacted by the CGPD regarding a number of cases involving counterfeit checks, fraudulent driver licenses and auto burglaries in the Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Orange counties.   The investigation revealed that between May 2008 and June 2009, Baillou allegedly acquired the identities of individuals by stealing purses from unattended vehicles. He would create counterfeit checks, fraudulent driver’s licenses and establish credit cards in the victim’s names. Baillou provided these items to his accomplices who cashed the counterfeit checks at different banks and made purchases on the fraudulent credit cards.

Acuna is currently incarcerated in the Desoto Correctional Annex. The remaining individuals arrested were booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute this case.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Farmer, Agromonte or Napoles, is asked to call FDLE at 850-410-7645.

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