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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Former Jewelry Store Manager Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

Frank Dunkow, 52, of Wellington, pled guilty before United States District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg, to bank fraud involving his repeated sales of jewelry to individuals using counterfeit credit cards in 2010-2011.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), Antonio J. Gomez, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Division, and Brian Swain, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service (USSS), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

Dunkow pled guilty to Count 5 of the Indictment, which charged him with bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344(2) (Case No. 17-CR-80192-CR-ROSENBERG).  At sentencing, he faces a maximum of 30 years imprisonment and up to $1 million in fines.

According to the court record, Dunkow was the store manager at Littman Jewelers in the Wellington Mall and directed his employees to accept counterfeit credit cards used by individuals on numerous occasions to buy expensive pieces of jewelry.  Often, the first credit card presented by the co-conspirators would be declined, leading the buyers to present a second, third, or more credit cards until the charge was processed.

Between June 2010 and March 2011, dozens of such sales were processed by Dunkow and his staff, leading to just under $400,000 in financial losses.

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of PBSO, USPIS and USSS.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lauren Jorgensen and Alexandra Chase.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated February 20, 2018