Thursday, May 24, 2018
Public safety

Tampa authorities seeking police imposter

TAMPA — Police are searching for a man they say posed as a law enforcement officer to extort money from three elderly women in East Tampa.

Rebrant Dwayne Bryant, 52, claimed to be a detective investigating fraud and asked the women to cooperate in his "investigation," police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor said.

On April 3, he told a 70-year-old woman that he was investigating her for possessing counterfeit money, police said. She gave him $380, and he told her it was fake. Bryant persuaded her to take him to her bank to check the rest of her money. She drove him to two banks, but refused to make a withdrawal.

On Feb. 22, he took $1,300 from a 91-year-old woman, police said. In an earlier case, he tried to take money from an 86-year-old woman, but did not receive any.

Bryant is sought on charges of impersonating an officer, exploitation of the elderly and grand theft. He has been arrested in 11 states for similar scams.

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