Online scam artist arrested in Las Vegas after stealing from Volusia woman, deputies say

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Volusia County Sheriff’s Office tracked down and helped bust an online scam artist who tricked an 80-year-old New Smyrna Beach-area woman into sending him $41,000.

In January, the victim told deputies that a stranger claiming to be a computer expert in New York called and told her that hackers had accessed her computer and were stealing her information.

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Deputies said the caller told the victim to send him a check for $20,000, which she did. The victim received a follow-up call from a woman claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office, and was told to send a second check for $21,000. According to deputies, both checks were made out to Jeffery Sorgatz.

Volusia sheriff detectives tracked the checks to the accounts where they were deposited, which belonged to a Jeffrey Sorgatz in Las Vegas.

Detective Adam Huffman obtained bank surveillance video of the same suspect depositing each check.

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Huffman worked with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to positively identify Sorgatz. Detectives obtained a warrant for Sorgatz’s arrest for grand theft.

Sorgatz was arrested Tuesday in Las Vegas and is in custody there with no bond pending extradition to Volusia County.

A search of Sorgatz’s residence found a copy of one of the victim’s checks and its shipping label.

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On Wednesday, Detective Sergeant Julian Elmazi was able to seize two bank accounts belonging to Sorgatz with a total value of more than $48,000.

According to deputies, Elmazi contacted the victim to let her know she would be made whole again.