West Boca Raton Business Owner Arrested For Writing Bad Checks
Fadi Suliman Of West Boca Jailed For Writing Bad Checks Totalling $85,000.
Reported First By Boca Post
BOCA RATON, FL – Boca Post (BocaPost.com) — A West Boca man was arrested on Thursday after being accused of writing bad checks, totaling $85,000, as part of a business transaction where he was purchasing latex gloves.
Fadi Suliman, 44, of Atntille Drive in the Boca Falls community in West Boca Raton, was arrested after writing 3 bad checks totaling $85,000 for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
According to state records, Suliman owns a business called WOW Wireles LLC, which appears to sell cell phones and cell phone accessories on its website and on eBay.
A business associate of his reported receiving 3 bad checks to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office who investigated and charged Suliman with the theft.
Suliman was booked into the PBSO jail on Thursday morning and released on $6,000 bond later in the afternoon. According to court records, Suliman is facing 3 counts of “832.05(2) ISSUING A WORTHLESS CHECK (FELONY)”.
A narrative from the original arrest affidavit submitted by PBSO can be found below:
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 named 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 from 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 Meierfor $20,000.00 drawn on a Bank of America Account owned by WOW WIRELESS LLC was deposited on.04/02/2021. Meier received notice on 04/06/2021 from PNCbank that the check was returned for insufficient funds.
Check #1825 was dated 04/07/2021 made to Johnny Meier for $30,000.00 drawn on a Bank of America account owned by WOW WIRELESS LLC was deposited on 04/07/2021. Meier received notice on 04/09/2021 from 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 a Bank of America account owned by WOW 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 account prior to being laid off by Fadi Suliman on 03/11/2021. Caren advised that she did not make out the checks to Johnny Meier.
A full review was conducted of the Bank of America account. The account had only two authorized signers, Fadi Suliman and Caren Benalcazar. | 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’s 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 were written to Johnny Meier wherein the following denominations were $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).