PALM BEACH, Fla. — A hotel manager is behind bars after police say he laundered more than $100,000 using a sophisticated organized fraud scheme.
Anthony DeJacimo appeared in bond court on Thursday. The judge said he was arrested in Massachusetts and extradited to Florida.
Detectives say DeJacimo was an employee in December 2018 when he took a leave of absence from his position as hotel manager for Palm Beach Historic Inn. DeJacimo was given a laptop computer as part of his duties, which included guest check-in and credit card processing.
DeJacimo did not return the laptop when he took his leave, investigators say. An employee made several attempts in January 2019 to retrieve the laptop before DeJacimo eventually sent the device via FedEx.
After review and thorough investigation, detectives discovered that DeJacimo had fraudulently opened a Square account using a false business name “Palm Beach Historic Inn”, where he wired over $100,000 into the account.
DeJacimo took more than $93,000 using a credit card registered to a frequent hotel guest and more than $16,000 on hotel and room reservations for the Palm Beach Historic Inn, according to a police report.
Detectives said DeJacimo also used the Palm Beach Historic Inn’s Air BnB account to transfer more than $15,000 to his personal bank accounts.
DeJacimo is charged with fraud and money laundering. He is being held on $100,000 bail.