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A newly married 26-year-old woman has been arrested on charges alleging she tried Online Cigarettes Store USA to cash almost $1 million in checks from her 77-year-old husband's account.
Lin Helena Halfon was arrested earlier this month at Tampa International Airport. She is facing charges of money laundering, organized fraud and exploitation of an elderly person. During her first court appearance, a judge set her bail at $1 million.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that when her husband,Newport 100s Box Tampa businessman Richard Rappaport, was notified by investigators about what his wife was doing, he said wanted to give his wife the benefit of the doubt, according to a warrant affidavit.
He said he didn’t want her to be deported to her native Israel.
An Amscot employee in Tampa refused to cash the checks. Eventually, two checks worth Cheap Newport 100s cigarettes about $666,000 were cashed by an Orlando business.
Asked later if he felt he was the victim of fraud and fraud, Rappaport told investigators, “yes,” according to the arrest warrant.
Halfon and Rappaport were married in August in Sarasota.