Economic Crimes Unit Busts Suspected Scammers

By  //  December 13, 2013

Citizens are cautioned to be skeptical


BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Task Force has culminated two criminal investigations involving scams utilizing Craigslist forums.


On December 12, Cedrick Davis, 24, and Ned Guilford, 22, were arrested for attempting to rent a beach front condo through a Craigslist add. One suspect claimed to be a real estate owner and the other suspect represented himself as a property manager.

Cedrick Davis
Cedrick Davis

According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the suspects prepared a fraudulent lease agreement and accepted a check for $1,800 to rent the Cocoa Beach condo. The condo in question was actually occupied by the true owner, who had no idea of the scam.

Ned Guilford
Ned Guilford

Davis and Guilford, both of Cocoa, were charged with scheming to defraud, uttering and grand theft. They are both currently incarcerated at the Brevard County Jail Complex on $6,000 and $15,000 bonds respectively.


“These cases demonstrate the power of partnerships where we combine investigative resources of federal, state and local law enforcement with our community awareness and information-sharing programs,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey
Sheriff Wayne Ivey

“Through aggressive enforcement and information efforts, we want to make sure identity theft and fraud doesn’t happen to you.”

Citizens are cautioned to be skeptical of any ad, which requires green dot and/or prepaid credit cards, money orders, cashier’s checks or cash as payment.

Customers are warned not to send funds electronically or through the mail. Ownership of property that is being purchased, rented or leased should be verified by the prospective buyer.

Anyone who feels they may have been a victim of a scam or may need information concerning identity theft or fraud is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit at 321-633-8410.