PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Tabria Josey, 20, is dealing with seven totally different felony counts, from scheme to defraud to grand theft, cash laundering, communications fraud and aggravated white-collar crime. This comes from a 58-page affidavit from the Florida Division of Legislation Enforcement that detailed 21 totally different actual property schemes in Florida – and 11 of them occurred in Lee County. She is being held within the Palm Seashore County Jail.
In response to the FDLE, Josey created seven totally different title firms between November 2020 and April 2022: Cedar Hawk Title, Forest Title, Brookefield Nationwide Title, Zeek Title, Lotus Nationwide Title, Lotus Nationwide Title and Escrow and Constancy Nationwide Title and Insurance coverage.
She additionally created a number of faux names for title brokers, together with “Victoria Lansen”, “Sabrina Grant”, “Lindsey Mills”, “Briana Mills”, “Kayla Mitchells” and “Melissa Fletcher”. The FDLE claims Josey additionally created web sites, Fb accounts and electronic mail addresses, even LinkedIn profiles for the faux firms and title brokers.
How It Labored: Investigators say Josey would checklist properties on websites like Zillow, Trulia, Craigslist, ForSaleBuyOwner.com, Realtor.com and Fb Market. They’d include a cellphone quantity or e-mail contact that Josey managed. When a purchaser would attain out, they’d converse to Josey and negotiate phrases of a sale.
Josey would then transfer to digital doc functions, like DocuSign, HelloSign and AppFiles, to finish the offers. She would then request earnest cash, which is widespread in actual property offers, and would offer wiring directions to a Wells Fargo account. Solely Wells Fargo was solely a “go via” as the cash would go right into a Stripe account.
After receiving the earnest cash funds, Josey would reduce off all communication with the customer.
Of the 21 properties FDLE alleges Josey’s involvement with, we appeared on the eleven from Lee County. In whole, investigators say that Josey defrauded folks out of $141,295 in these earnest funds from Lee County alone.
Property #2, Lehigh Acres. April 13, 2021 to June 9, 2021. A sufferer tries to buy a property for her daughter via Fb Market, on the market by an “Angela Duggan” (one among Josey’s aliases). The primary sufferer wired $2,500, which was the beginning of quite a few victims for this one property. One other wired $5,000 on Could 11, 2021. A 3rd sufferer wired $2,500 on June 7, 2021. Two others despatched $3,000 extra for a complete of $13,000 in “earnest cash” from 5 victims and an try and defraud one other particular person.
Property #3, Lehigh Acres. July 28, 2021. Sufferer wired $2,500.
Property #5, Lehigh Acres. August 18, 2021 to August 23, 2021. Three victims wired in a complete of $11,700 to attempt to “purchase” this property.
Property #6, Lehigh Acres. September 1, 2021 to September 24, 2021. 5 extra victims, this time for a complete of $23,500 to “buy” this property.
Property #8, Lehigh Acres. October 6, 2021 to October 22, 2021. 5 victims in whole for this property for a complete of $22,445.
Property #9, Lehigh Acres. October 22, 2021. Property listed on Zillow. One sufferer for $4,500.
Property #10, Lehigh Acres. October 22, 2021. One sufferer despatched $6,400. Additionally the time when investigators tracked greater than $21,000 going from Josey’s Stripe account (the place the earnest cash funds would go) into her private checking account.
Property #12, Lehigh Acres. November 23, 2021. One sufferer for $5,500.
Property #18, Bonita Springs. February 2, 2022. For this property, prosecutors say Josey took two totally different victims for $14,000 in whole.
Property #19, Lehigh Acres. February 7, 2022 to February 15, 2022. One sufferer for $12,750.
Property #21, Bonita Springs. April 11, 2022 to April 12, 2022. One sufferer for $25,000.