Citrus County Man Pleads Guilty To Receiving Stolen Benefit Payments From The Department Of Veterans Affairs
Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Anthony Tyrone Jones (36, Jacksonville) to five years and six months in federal prison for impersonating an FBI agent, wire fraud, and failure to appear. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $21,700 to a victim of his offenses.
Jones pleaded guilty on February 29, 2016.
According to court documents, Jones falsely represented himself to be an investment advisors claiming that he had helped another individual become a millionaire. In February 2011, at Jones’s direction, one victim provided him with $21,700 to invest in the stock market. Instead of investing the funds, Jones cashed the victim’s checks and used the money for his own personal enjoyment.
Jones defrauded another individual by posing as an FBI agent to induce a woman to have sex with him at no charge after he had previously promised to pay her for sex. Jones was arrested on January 9, 2013, and released on bond subject to electronic monitoring. On April 23, 2013, he removed his monitoring bracelet and absconded. He remained a fugitive until his capture on August 13, 2015, by the U.S. Marshals Service in Jacksonville.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly S. Karase.