Man accused of stealing $76M in debt scam denied bond

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

A Seminole County man accused of stealing $76 million was denied bond Thursday.

Leonard Potillo III's defense team tried to persuade a judge that he was not a flight risk.

On Monday, federal agents raided several companies in Seminole County that investigators said Potillo used to scam third-party debt purchasers.

Roughly 30 family and friends filled the courtroom Thursday in support of Potillo, including his parents.

Potillo's mother cried when a judge denied him bond because prosecutors argued he's a fraud mastermind who had homes and money all over the world.

Channel 9 learned Potillo's girlfriend had a house in Scotland.  Government officials believe he gave her hundreds of thousands of dollars during the last few years.

Potillo is accused of buying debt and selling it for more money than it was worth.