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12-091 Redington Shores Man Arrested In Texas On Pinellas County Warrant For Stealing $800,000 From Elderly Man’s Estate

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Economic Crimes Unit

San Angelo Police Department, San Angelo, Texas

James David Zebranek, Jr. (Arrested)
DOB: 06/02/1955
Address: (Last Known) 1695 Lee Road, C 116, Winter Park, Fl
Arrested for Grand Theft ($800,000);14-counts money laundering; and perjury.

The victim is an 87-year-old male, who is known to the suspect. No further information will be released that would tend to identify the suspect per Fl Statute 415.107.

What:  A Redington Shores man has been arrested in San Angelo, Texas on a Pinellas County warrant for stealing $800,000 from an elderly man’s estate. The arrest stems from an investigation that was conducted by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes unit beginning in October of 2010.

Where:  The suspect was arrested in San Angelo, Texas.

When:  The suspect was arrested on April 26, 2012.

How/Why: 

The Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit began investigating the case on October 26, 2010 after the victim learned that the suspect, identified as 56-year-old James David Zebranek, Jr. had taken over control of his $800,000 trust account.

According to detectives, in 2008 the victim became ill and incapacitated and became temporarily unable to manage his finances. The victim did recover from the illness and regained his faculties. Detectives say, however, that the suspect used the victim’s illness to gain control over his trust by presenting the trust company with a medical report that indicated the victim was incapacitated, when in fact he had already recovered. The suspect coupled this with multiple misleading phone calls to the trust company in an effort to convince or mislead them into believing that the victim was permanently incapacitated.

Once he gained access to the trust, Zebranek wired the money to multiple banks across the country and out of the country. About $650,000 of the money was sent to Panama, where the suspect ultimately fled to. There, detective say he used the money among other things, to stay in various  resorts.

Detectives secured a warrant for the suspect’s arrest on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

This week, a lead was developed that Zebranek had returned to the United States from Panama and had attempted to obtain a new Driver’s License in Texas. The San Angelo Police Department assisted detectives in confirming the identity of the suspect to be Zebranek; and arrested him on the evening of April 26, 2012.

Zebranek will be extradited to Pinellas County to face charges.

The investigation continues.

 

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