|June 12, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution filed charges yesterday against Brian George Jenkins, 56, for bait-and-switch thefts in Brevard, Broward, Lee and Sarasota counties. According to the “Fake Bling Cha-Ching” investigation, Jenkins used fictitious identification cards and presented real gold chains and Middle Eastern coins to pawn shops for inspection and negotiation. After completing negotiations, Jenkins allegedly swapped the real gold with fake gold replicas, providing counterfeit jewelry. Pawn shops suffered monetary losses totaling more than $75,000.
“I thank each of the law enforcement agencies that assisted with this case,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “My Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute Mr. Jenkins for organized scheme to defraud.”
“Jenkins conned small businesses out of more than $75,000 before he was arrested,” said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “Great work by a law enforcement partnership.”
Due to the wide-scale, multi-circuit nature of this case, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement served as the lead agency during this investigation, working closely with the State Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit and the following local law enforcement agencies: the Ft. Myers Police Department, the Hallandale Beach Police Department, the Melbourne Police Department, and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Jenkins originally fled jurisdiction after his arrest in 2011 and was brought back into custody in 2013 and held without bond. Jenkins has been charged with a first degree felony, punishable up to 30 years in prison.
The Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute this case.