Alleged mail fraudster captured in Cassville

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Secret Service assists in arrest of man wanted in Florida

The U.S. Secret Service assisted the Barry County Sheriff’s Office recently in capturing a Cassville man wanted in Florida for alleged mail fraud.

According to an indictment filed in the United State District Court of Southern Florida, Quintin Hymas, 34, of Cassville, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and three counts of mail fraud. He was arrested in his Cassville home with no incident on July 24 and was arraigned on Aug. 2.

According to the indictment, starting on about Sept. 9, 2008, and continuing through about Feb. 10, 2015, Mark David Johnson, 41, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Jana Kabelova, 41, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Michael “Mickey” Munday, 41, of North Miami, Fla.; Tomas Bajza, of Florida; and Hymas allegedly conspired with James Carrington, 37, of Aurora; David William Wheat, 66, of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; Michael Kennedy Brown, 53, of Delray Beach, Fla.; Juan Ottavianelli, 71, of north Miami Fla.; and Edwin Fernandez, 50, of North Miami, Fla.

The scheme allegedly used straw buyers to fraudulently obtain vehicles, used fraudulent lien notices via U.S. mail to all parties including multiple lenders, hid vehicle at various locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida to avoid repossession, fraudulently removed the lawful owners from the vehicles’ titles and sold the vehicles to co-conspirators at prices below market value to allow them to resell the vehicles at a profit. The scheme is believed to have totaled $1.67 million.

Hymas and Bajza allegedly purchased vehicles from dealerships in Florida, identifying distressed loans and offering to buy them at a discounted rate, also enlisting Carrington to allegedly steal vehicles repossessed by his two businesses, Southwest Recovery and Recovery and Remarketing.

Munday and Fernandes allegedly transported the vehicles, provided by Carrington, from Missouri to Florida, the Johnson and Munday allegedly stored the vehicles at various locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Wheat allegedly prepared and mailed fradulent documents to the registered owner, insurer and lienholder, falsely claiming to have incurred costs to tow and store the vehicles.

Johnson then allegedly sold the vehicles to Brown and others, and Wheat allegedly prepared and filed applications for new title certificated from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.

In total, the defendants are facing one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and 16 counts of mail fraud, with Hymas facing four of the total 17 charges.

Hymas’ bond has been set at $250,000, and the max penalty for each charge is 20 years of imprisonment. Carrington was arrested in May in connection to this case.

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