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.
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.
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.
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.
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