LEE COUNTY, Fla. – A Loxahatchee woman was arrested on multiple fraud charges after an investigation uncovered she stole hundreds of thousands in a real estate scam spanning six Florida counties, officials said.
Tabria Anorria Josey, 20, scammed multiple victims in the scheme that involved 25 properties across Lee, Indian River, Palm Beach, Flagler, Orange and St. Lucie counties, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
Investigators said Josey made off with nearly $300,000 after more than 45 victims fell for her con.
“The defendant took advantage of Florida’s red-hot real estate market to rip off homebuyers and renters,” said Attorney General Ashley Moody.
In the scheme, the 20-year-old allegedly listed properties on several real estate websites for sale or rent without the actual property owners knowing and would impersonate the owners.
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She then posed as a title agent once a victim committed to buying a home, according to FDLE.
The 20-year-old is accused of creating fake title companies, websites, title agent identities, and fake email addresses that appeared to make the sales legitimate.
Josey was taken into custody at the Palm Beach County Jail. She is facing charges of scheme to defraud, grand theft, money laundering, aggravated white-collar crime and communications fraud.
Investigators say there could be more victims that fell for Josey’s scheme and are asking anyone with information to contact FDLE Ft. Myers at (800) 407-4880.
The case will be prosecuted by Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.