Authorities claim that a guy who was previously imprisoned in Pennsylvania is now facing charges in Broward County for allegedly defrauding locals out of thousands of dollars by pretending to be a deputy with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Raquan Hardy, 25, is charged with 21 charges in connection with the fraud, including grand theft, an organized plot to defraud, acting in the capacity of an officer of the law, and extortion, according to BSO authorities on Thursday.
According to an arrest complaint, BSO opened an investigation in October after learning that Hardy had contacted victims by impersonating a Broward judicial control room number. He pretended to be a deputy and stated there were warrants out for their arrest in the calls.
Hardy required the victims to pay a surety bond through a bail agency in cash. According to police, at least four of the victims gave Hardy more than $50,000 between September 7 and September 10.
Hardy was identified as the culprit after an inquiry, and investigators discovered that similar crimes had happened in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County. According to investigators, he escaped to Georgia before later arriving in Texas, where he was apprehended during a traffic stop for the Pennsylvania calls.
On the Broward accusations, Hardy is subject to a $900,000 bond.
According to BSO, they never contact to request money, personal information, bond money, or any other type of payment. Do not supply any personal information or money, authorities advise, if you receive a call of this nature. Instead, hang up right away and call the police.