A Miami man was arrested in Pompano Beach after posing as a seafood buyer and causing about $200,000 in losses to seafood businesses in Florida and Alabama, authorities said.
David Subil, 42, was caught as he attempted to buy $60,000 worth of shrimp from a seafood wholesaler, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a statement.
Subil faces charges including bank fraud and grand theft. A jail official said he was released Thursday morning from the Broward County jail. It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.
Subil claimed he was the seafood buyer for a cruise line, which he has no connection to, authorities said.
“Investigators allege that Subil would contact a supplier to establish an account for the cruise line seeking to buy large quantities of shrimp, fish and lobster,” the statement said.
Then, Subil would arrange to meet with the supplier trucks and receive the seafood at a cold storage facility in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach or Volusia counties, authorities said.
Subil, who also used the names Rick Stevenson and Rick Acosta, would pay with counterfeit checks, authorities said. On one occasion, he did not pay a line of credit extended to him, the FDLE said.
The investigation will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney and anyone with information is urged to call (904) 598-6654.
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