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Two women arrested for elaborate phone scam that led to $39,000 theft

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Rhonnie Shania Daniels, 20, of Riviera Beach, and Yudalys Martinez-Garcia, 20, of Williston, were arrested this morning and charged with grand theft over $20,000 and engaging in a scheme to defraud and obtain property.

Florida Credit Union (FCU) first noticed the suspicious activity when the two suspects tried to send $17,500 via wire transfer; the transaction was flagged as fraudulent, and an investigation began. The credit union’s investigators learned that the victim had received a text message on November 2 from an unknown sender who claimed to be a representative of the credit union. The victim opened a link in the text, giving the sender access to his online banking account; the sender changed the email address associated with the bank account. $39,000 was then moved from the victim’s account into an FCU account owned by Daniels and Martinez-Garcia via member-to-member transfers.

The two defendants reportedly went to a Gainesville FCU branch on November 9 and withdrew $9,000 from their account. Later in the day, they withdrew $10,000. On November 10, the two defendants reportedly tried to send $17,500 via wire transfer, but that transaction was denied. The credit union recovered $20,000 of the stolen money and returned it to the victim’s account.

The arrest report notes that the extent of the defendants’ involvement in the scam is unknown, but the money could not have been removed without their assistance. Additional charges are pending after a search warrant is obtained for the defendants’ phones and computers.

Prosecutors recommended that bail be set at $30,000 for both defendants, but Judge James Colaw increased Martinez-Garcia’s bail to $40,000. A different judge (no name provided) signed the warrant for Daniels and left bail at the recommended $30,000.

    • Yes. Some woke lovers who are criminals. “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time and pay the bail dime!”

      • And the city wants us to hire people without doing criminal background
        Checks so we can get robbed like they did with the Brazilian butt lifter? Are they going to indemnify
        Us against theft by their policy?

      • People like you are 100 times more annoying than the woke boogieman you hate so much.

  • More winners who just can’t set an alarm and wake up to a job. Maybe they couldn’t do that in skool, first?

  • THE COMMENTS ARE SOOO BRUTAL!!! BEFORE YOU ALL START POSTING MEAN THINGS. JUST KNOW THESE ARE SOMEONES DAUGHTERS… NOT ONLY THAT… ARE YOU GUYS AWARE THESE YOUNG WOMEN WERE SCAMMED… SO HERE IN AMERICA… YOU’RE GUILTY… YOU HAVE TO PROVE YOURSELF INNOCENT… WELCOME TO AMERICA WHERE WE BULLY TBE VICTIMS!!!

    • They are grown women, not children, not handicapped, not disfigured, etc. They can stand on their own 2 feet now. They should think before they take stupid actions. A little name calling won’t hurt them at all but they tried to hurt people by taking their savings.

  • They got to greedy, they already had $19,000 in their pockets, I bet that’s what’s going on their minds day n nights.

  • Not to sure but think defendant Ronnie Daniels was involved in defrauding home buyers in Palm Beach County They both need to spend their remaining years in a 5 x 7 cell, for at least 10 years

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