Fadi Suliman Allegedly Wrote $85,000 In Bad Checks In PPE Scheme. Boca Raton Man Jailed.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A West Boca Raton man is facing a criminal fraud charge after his arrest for writing $85,000 in bad checks. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested Suliman on Friday. He lives in the West Boca Raton community of ”Boca Falls.”
The allegedly bad checks were sent to a business partner after a plan to buy — and sell — huge amounts of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) fell through. The following is the narrative of the arrest report written by be the PBSO Detective investigating the case:
NARRATIVE OF POLICE REPORT
On, 05/20/2021, The victim, Johnny Meier, reported to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office that he had received three worthless checks from a business associate by the name of Fadi Suliman. Meier explained that he had entered into a business agreement with Fadi Suliman to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Gloves for $262,500.00 on 11/16/2020. Meier reported that he provided 50% ($130,000.00) to Fadi Suliman towards the purchase of the gloves. For reasons unknown to Meier the deal fell through. Suliman returned $50,000.00 to Meier leaving another $80,000.00 unreturned. Meier said that at the end of March to early April he received a UPS Package from Fadi Suliman’s business WOW WIRELESS LLC.
Meier advised that the package contained 3 checks made out to him. Meier advised that he deposited two of the three checks and they were returned for not having sufficient funds. Check #1824 was dated 03/31/2021 made to Johnny Meier for $20,000.00 drawn on Bank of America Account ending in (WOW WIRELESS LLC) was deposited on 04/02/2021.
Meier received notice on 04/06/2021 from PNC. bank that the check returned for insufficient funds. Check #1825 was dated 04/07/2021 made to Johnny Meier for $30,000.00 drawn on Bank of America account ending in (WOW WIRELESS LLC) was deposited on 04/07/2021. Meier received notice on 04/09/2021 for PNC Bank that the check was returned for insufficient funds. Check #1826 was dated 04/15/2021 made to Johnny Meier for $35,000.00 drawn on Bank of America account ending in WIRELESS LLC). This check was never deposited. The checks appeared to be signed by a Caren Benalcazar. Caran Benalcazar was contacted and advised that she had pre-signed checks for the business assount prior to being laid off by Fadi Suliman on March 11, 2021. Caren advised that she did not make out the checks to Johnny Meier. A full review was conducted of Bank of America account ending in xxxx.
The account had only two authorized signers, Fadi Suliman and Caren Benalcazar. I reviewed the statements covering the time period of 03/01/2021 to 06/30/2021. On 03/31/2021, the date check number 1824 was written for $20,000, 2 days before Meier deposited the check into his PNC bank account, the balance in the account was negative $5,000.53. It should be noted that the account did not have sufficient funds to cover the amount on the check until 06/18/2021.
On 04/05/2021, two days before check number 1825 was written for $30,000.00, before being deposited into Meier’ PNC Bank account, the balance in the account was $14.47. On 04/09/2021, six days prior to check number 1826 was written for $35,000.00 the account balance was only $24.47.
Contact was made with Fadi Suliman who, in a spontaneous utterance, admitted to knowing about the checks and sending the checks to Johnny Meier and claimed that he had ongoing business with Meier. This investigation revealed that Fadi Suliman did make and send checks to Johnny Meier from an account that was insufficient in funds. Three checks written to Johnny Meier were in the following denominations $20,000.00, $30.000.00, and $35.000.00. At this time there is sufficient probable cause to charge Fadi Suliman with Giving Worthless Checks pursuant to F.S.S 832.05(2b).
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