LAKE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Beach man who was wanted for scamming elderly citizens in St. Johns County out of money was arrested Thursday afternoon in Umatilla.
Bryan Keith Ruby, 42, turned himself in to the Lake County Sheriff's Office on a local charge. He will also be held on two counts of exploitation of the elderly out of St. Johns County, according to a release from St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Kevin Kelshaw. Ruby's bonds total $10,000.
Detectives were able to locate Ruby due to the publicity of the charges and anonymous information, according to the release. Ruby has relatives that live in Lake County.
SJSO Det. Hank Miller has identified several elderly victims who claim to have lost various amounts of money to scams from Ruby.
The first incident was reported by a Ponte Vedra Beach woman who said that Ruby was doing landscaping on her yard when he told
her that he could replace a seat on her golf cart. She said she gave him $360 to
do so and she never got the seat.
In another incident, Ruby allegedly told an elderly couple he could replace a piece of pool
equipment for just less than $1,000. The couple gave him the money, and
he never purchased the piece and refused to refund their money.
Prior to this, Ruby allegedly told the couple that he had a sick wife
who needed an insulin pump. They loaned him $3,200 and he has only paid
back $400, according to the release.
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