A Tampa woman is facing charges of fraud over allegations by investigators that she defrauded several elderly individuals out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says Azalea Lashawn Brown fraudulently obtained the personal information and credit card account numbers of at least eight elderly Floridians between the ages of 65 and 92. Per investigators, Brown obtained the victims’ personal information and used it to open credit card accounts in their name, allowing her to buy merchandise and gift cards in various locations throughout Florida.
Authorities say she was not alone in this task. Brandon’s Junior Jean-Noel is also alleged to have been a participant in the fraud, which occurred between March and September of last year. Jean-Noel was charged under federal statutes and has already pled guilty earlier this year. He was sentenced to five years in federal prison as a result.
Investigators say the duo’s total haul in their alleged activities came to around $200,000, with over $31,000 in additional charges that were not completed. FDLE’s investigation turned up alleged fraud by the pair in Hillsborough, Polk, Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando, Alachua, Sumter, Lake, Orange, and Marion counties.
Brown was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on September 5th on nine fraud-related charges from Polk County. She was transferred two days later to Polk County deputies and transported to the Polk County Jail. She’s currently being held in lieu of a bond of $51,000.