A Palm Beach man made off with over $36,000 from 15 separate victims in an elaborate scheme involving stealing and “washing” checks, according to federal prosecutors.
Danny Seruto Perez, who was convicted last week of altering and cashing personal checks, which victims reported as stolen from U.S. Postal Service drop boxes, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison on bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.
The sentence was handed down after Seruto Perez, in December of 2021, pleaded guilty. In addition to serving time in prison, he must pay back every penny he stole in restitution. The case was tried in the Southern District of Florida at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale and he was represented by the federal assistant public defender.