Man Stole Almost 1/2 Million Dollars With Elaborate Dating Scheme

This article was published on: 07/30/20 4:14 PM by Mike Minarsky

On 01/12/19, Detectives from the Eastern District Criminal Investigations Unit, out of Troop C, in Tolland, began an investigation in regards to an elaborate dating scheme through the website, OurTime.com. The victim indicated that during a period of time from November 7, 2018 through December 26, 2018, she was defrauded over the Internet by two men who told the victim that their names were Teddy Banas and Charles Zacks. The victim transferred a total of $437,800 to them in a series of seven wire transfers from her bank account.

Through a lengthy investigation and with the assistance of the United States Secret Service a suspect, identified as 22 year old Kennard Banks with a last known address in Boyton Beach, Florida was developed as one part of this international criminal enterprise operating cyber fraud, cyber scams and money laundering operations.

An arrest warrant was granted for Banks for the charges of Larceny 1st Degree, 2nd degree Money laundering, and Racketeering Activity. Bond was set at $500,000 as well extradition being granted nationwide. On, 06/11/20, Banks was located at his residence by Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and was taken into custody as a Fugitive from Justice, pending extradition. On 07/29/20, after Banks waived extradition on 07/22/20, detectives traveled to West Palm Beach Sheriff’s Department and transported Banks back to Connecticut to be processed on the active arrest warrant. Banks was held on the $500,000 court set bond and was presented at Danielson Superior Court on July 30.

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