Newly married woman accused of trying to cash $1 million in checks from 77-year-old husband’s account

by Editorial Team

A newly married 26-year-old woman is accused of trying to cash $1 million in checks from her 77-year-old husband’s account.

Lin Halfon, a native of Israel, was arrested at Tampa International Airport earlier this month on charges of money laundering, organized fraud and exploitation of an elderly person. Her bail was set at $1 million.

Investigators in Florida say Halfon tried to cash a $1 million cashier’s check at a Amscot branch last month, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Employees at the financial services company refused to cash the check, and declined to cash other checks that she brought to the branch later the same day, according to the newspaper.

Husband Richard Rappaport, a Tampa businessman, initially wanted to give his wife the benefit of the doubt, according to the newspaper. However, after two of the checks adding up to $666,666 were cashed a thousand miles away, he admitted that he believed he was a victim of fraud.

Rappaport’s daughter Dayna Titus did not even know the pair was married when the investigation into the checks started, according to a warrant affidavit obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.

“Titus believed that Halfon was ‘conning’ Rappaport due to his age,” wrote Special Agent Victoria Morris of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Halfon’s lawyer told the Tampa Bay Times that “we look forward to bringing forward additional facts to bring clarity to this situation.”


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