Man accused of posing as professional gambler, ripping off tourist

Man accused of posing as professional gambler, ripping off tourist


Laurie: A SUSPECTED CON MAN CAUGHT IN RITZY BAL HARBOUR. POLICE SAY HE NIECED A MAN OUT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF CASH AND CLOTHING OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND AT THE RITZ CARLTON SOUTH BEACH C’s THAT’S WHERE POLICE SAY SIMON GANN TOLD AN ELABORATE HIGH LEADING TO A NIGHT OF GAMBLING. Liane: LAURIE, CALVIN, YOU SAID IT. HIS NAME IS SIMON GANN AND HE’S BEEN CONTINUING PEOPLE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES FOR SOME TIME. HIS MOST RECENT CON TOOK PLACE HERE AT THE BAL HARBOUR HOTEL, THE ST. REGIS, AND POLICE SAY THIS GUY TOOK SOME OF HIS ACTING CUES FROM DUSTIN HOFFMAN. AN NOTORIOUS CON ARTIST NOW BEHIND BARS. 35-YEAR-OLD I’M OP GANN ARRESTED EARLY THIS MORNING BY BAHL HARBOR POLICE CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE GRAND SHIFT. GANN ALLEGEDLY SCAMMED A MAN HE MOTORIST LABOR DAY WEEKEND AT THE RITZ CARLTON ON SOUTH BEACH. HE WAS ABLE TO BEFRIEND THE VICTIM AND THEN SCAM HIM OUT OF HIS MONEY. Liane: AND THE STORY HE TOLD CAME STRAIGHT FROM HOLLYWOOD. RAINMAN? YEAH. HE WAS ABLE TO CONVINCE HIM THAT HE HAD SOME SO MANY OF AUTISM WHICH ALLOWED HIM TO READ CARD AND HE WAS A PROFESSIONAL GAMBLER SIMILAR TO I GUESS THE MOVIE RAINMAN. Liane: GANN CONVINCED THE VICTIM TO GIVE HIM 20,000 DOLLARS TO GAMBLE. THEY WENT TO THE SEMINOLE HOTEL AND HARD ROCK CASINO AND GANN LOST $10,000 OF THOSE DOLLARS GAMBLING. LOST THE MONEY AND SAID HE WOULD WRITE THE VICTIM A CHECK FOR IT. Liane: BUT THAT CHECK TURNED OUT TO BE BOGUS. IN THE WE WERE HOURS OF MORNING THE VICTIM INVITED GANN TO HIS HOME AT THE ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR. AS THE VICTIM SHOWERED GANN ALLEGEDLY HELPED HIMSELF TO SOME DESIGNER GOODS AND ANOTHER $10,000. HE REMOVED SEVERAL ITEMS OF VALUE FROM THE HOUSE IN ADDITION TO ANOTHER LARGE SUM OF CASH AND FLED LINCH THE VICTIM GAVE HIM HIS CELL PHONE LEADING POLICE TO TRACK HIM DOWN. GANN HAS COMMITTED SIMILAR CRIMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY POSING AS DIFFERENT PEOPLE EARNING THE NICKNAME DON JUAN THE CON MAN. POLICE FEAR THERE ARE MORE VICTIMS OUT THERE. SO IF YOU THINK YOU’VE BEEN A VICTIM OF SIMON GANN, YOU ARE URGED TO CALL YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT. WE SHOULD POINT OUT THAT SIMON GANN HAS A TWIN BROTHER NAMED JORDAN GANN, LOOKS JUST LIKE HIM. THE TWO HAVE BEEN COMMITTING SIMILAR TYPES OF CRIMES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY FOR YEARS

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