Woman Conned; Police ID Suspect
TAMPA - The man on the beach seemed charming, helping the woman and her inebriated friend to their car, Tampa police said. Jordan Gann Jordan Gann, 26, said he was a pediatric oncologist and seemed to be 'on her intellectual level,' Detective Curtis Smith said Tuesday. Over the next few days, he offered to help the woman with her financial woes, saying he would deposit $100,000 in a joint account for her if she first paid him $750, Smith said.The woman, whom police identified only as Jennifer, held up her end of the deal, but Gann did not, Smith said. Now police are seeking him on a felony warrant charging him with scheme to defraud. Because of his smooth demeanor, investigators think he might have victimized other women in the Bay area. 'We believe there are other victims who have not reported this because of embarrassment or feeling taken,' Smith said. Gann also calls himself Simon Gann, Simon Wilkes, Charles Morales, Dr. Shawn Cohen and Dr. Jonathan Marino, police said. 'He doesn't have a current Florida driver's license. He's pretty much under the radar,' Smith said. He is wanted in New Hampshire on similar fraud charges, said Smith. In addition, local Realtors have issued an alert to about 9,000 members of the Bay area's real estate association about Gann, who Smith said views high-end properties. 'He's pretty smooth as far as his approach,' Smith said. 'It's just a matter of opportunity, whatever he needs to finagle that day.' Public records show Gann served two years in a Florida prison after pleading no contest in 2004 to a felony grand-theft charge. A Panama City police report states two Realtors filed the report after Gann took off with a computer they had bought him. The Realtors, both women, said in the report that Gann had posed as a doctor and convinced them he had several million dollars to invest in real estate, so they bought him the computer. Meredith Gavin, 31, filed a report with Tampa police about Gann in 2003. He had met her and a friend in an Orlando restaurant and accompanied them to Tampa for about four days, where they bought him clothes, food and CDs and loaned him $130, the report states. According to the report, Gann told the friends he had sold his stem-cell research company and had $6 billion in the bank. He produced a letter on Fidelity Financial stationery as proof, which police later learned had been made from a handout. Gavin and her friend notified police after Gann took the friend's cell phone and disappeared. Hillsborough County court records show Gann was charged with misdemeanor petty theft under the name Simon Wilkes, but the charge was dismissed. Reached by phone Tuesday, Gavin, who now lives in Albany, N.Y., said Gann fathered her 3 1/2 -year-old son. She has set up a Web page to warn other women about him. Gavin said she thinks Gann has a twin brother, which Tampa police could not confirm Tuesday. Public records show a man named Simon Gann, 26, lives at the family's address listed in Methuen, Mass. A phone call there Tuesday was not returned.
Reporter Valerie Kalfrin can be reached at (813) 259-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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