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San Jose Police Press Release 12/23/11
On Thursday, December 22nd, San Jose Police Financial Crimes Detectives arrested a married couple in connection with the theft of approximately $997,996.00 dollars from a 96 year old man. The investigation began when the victim’s family members reported the suspicious activity to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Earlier that week, fraud investigators from Comerica Bank also contacted Santa Clara County Adult Protective Services to report suspected elder abuse. The suspects showed up at the victim’s home while police detectives where interviewing the victim and were taken into custody. Both suspects remain in custody at the Santa Clara County Main Jail.
The investigation revealed that Suspect Christina Bray met the victim at Chase Bank, where she was a branch manager. Christina Bray and her husband befriended the victim and convinced him that she was a distant relative. Over approximately two months, the suspects assisted the victim in withdrawing $997,996.00 in cashiers checks and cash. The suspects used the cashiers checks to purchase several items, including a 2011 Mercedes Benz, a time share property, car insurance, jewelry, and a procedure at a cosmetic surgery center. The suspects also withdrew thousands of dollars in cash. Detectives are investigating the possibility that the suspects purchased a Cadillac Escalade with the victim’s money as well.
Suspect Jimmy Bray convinced the victim to opened up a bank account at Comerica Bank where he was a signer along with the victim. The initial deposit into this account was over $700,000 dollars. Suspect Jimmy Bray then withdrew $38,500.00 dollars. The Comerica Bank account had a Visa Card associated with it, and over $1,000.00 dollars was spent using the card.
When detectives interviewed the victim, he knew nothing of the cashiers checks or cash withdrawals. The victim also did not know about the Comerica Bank account. The victim stated that he gave no gifts or money to the suspects, and that they did not have permission to withdraw money from the victim’s bank accounts.
Anyone with information regarding this theft is urged to contact Detective Brent McKim of the San Jose Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit at (408)277-4251.
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