A 26-year-old Israeli nationwide was arrested for fraud final week, accused of making an attempt to money a $1 million examine within the identify of her husband, a 77-year-old Florida businessman, whom she had married 4 months earlier.
Lin Helena Halfon was arrested at Tampa Worldwide Airport on Dec. 16 for allegedly stealing $666,666 from her husband Richard Rappaport. A Tampa financial institution had refused to money a $1 million cashier’s examine a month earlier, the Tampa Bay Times reported, citing court docket information.
Halfon walked right into a Tampa Amscot Department with the examine Nov. 7, telling staff that she supposed to make use of the cash to purchase a yacht in Miami however, as a result of Rappaport’s identify was additionally on the examine, the financial institution refused, court docket information confirmed.
A short while later, Halfon reappeared — with the identical request — solely this time she had three separate checks every for $333,333. Amscot staff refused however made copies of her Israeli passport, her U.S. visa and the questionable checks. They contacted legislation enforcement instantly.
In keeping with the Occasions, when authorities contacted Rappaport in regards to the incident, he stated he wished to provide his spouse the good thing about the doubt to keep away from having her deported. However weeks later, investigators realized that Halfon finally had two of the checks cashed greater than a thousand miles away by an Orlando enterprise.
On Dec. 10, Rappaport advised authorities he did really feel that he was now the sufferer of fraud.
Rappaport and Halfon utilized for a wedding license on June 24, itemizing the date and site of the wedding as Aug. 21 in Sarasota, in response to the Occasions.
His daughter, Dayna Titus, advised investigators that she “believed that Halfon was ‘conning’ Rappaport due to his age,” the New York Post reported, citing a police affidavit.
Halfon has since been charged with cash laundering, organized fraud and exploitation of an aged particular person. Her bail has been set at $1 million.