"Flim Flam" Suspect Sought in Clay County | Crime

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"Flim Flam" Suspect Sought in Clay County
"Flim Flam" Suspect Sought in Clay County

The Clay County Sheriff's Office is actively investigating the "flim flam," or swindle, of an 84-year-old Orange park woman that occurred earlier this month. 

When a suspect obtains property or funds through tricking an individual into turning over thousands of dollars to the suspect it is commonly called a "flim flam." According to the CCSO, suspects typically target multiple victims in the same area and are advising the public to be aware of such activity in Clay and possibly Duval counties.

An incident report from the CCSO states that a woman using the name “Diane” convinced the 84-year-old victim on Jan. 12 to withdraw $2,000 from her personal bank accounts. 

The report says Diane told the victim she found a dropped black bag full of cash and requested the victim drive her to various businesses to consult with several “bosses.” Diane told her that her bosses advised that in order to keep the money in the black bag, they would need to each open an account. The specific account they needed required 80 $100 bills, a total of $8,000. They stopped at the victim's bank where she was only allowed to withdraw $2,000; the victim gave that money to Diane.

Diane provided the victim with a piece of paper with her name, address and telephone number on it and told the victim she would follow up with her regarding the money, the report states. Diane also took the black bag with the money in it with her.

According to the report, fingerprints for Diane were obtained from the victim’s vehicle and from the paper Diane provided the victim.

Anyone with any information about the location or identity of this individual is asked to contact the CCSO at 904-264-6512. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or email them at rewards@fccrimestoppers.com.


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