OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Channel 9's Jeff Deal learned a man was arrested in Osceola County in a bank fraud case where agents allege he hit the jackpot by targeting victims at local gyms.
Investigators said Dewarren Parker managed to get at least $40,000 from banks, but Secret Service agents think he could have gotten away with much more.
Agents said Parker used several different names to open at least 17 different SunTrust Bank accounts and steal tens of thousands of dollars.
Investigators said after Parker was arrested in St. Cloud under a different name, he admitted to stealing IDs from local gyms.
Once he had the information, agents said Parker would use it to open the accounts all across central Florida, many in Volusia County.
Even if he didn't have a Florida driver's license, investigators said Parker would find an empty lot and apply for renter's insurance and use that renter's insurance as proof of residency to open the bank accounts.
Authorities said Parker would put a small amount of money in, deposit a larger, bogus check and then withdrawal a large amount of cash before the bank caught on.
Over a one-year period, agents said Parker stole more than $40,000 from SunTrust alone. They believe he likely committed the same crime at other banks.
Investigators said they found even more bank cards at Parker's condo that they expect that will lead them to more victims.
Parker remains in the Osceola County Jail under the name Isaac Peyton, authorities said.