Businessman, bank teller altered check amounts to steal $23,000, PBSO says
Boris Wainstock (left) and Robin Oberman (Photos provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)
BOCA RATON — A businessman and a bank teller from suburban Boca Raton are facing fraud charges after detectives say they combined to steal about $23,000 between August and February.
Boris Wainstock allegedly added an extra “1” to the dollar value of 12 checks, so that they would appear to have been written for $1,000 more than the account holder intended, according to his arrest report.
On eight other occasions, checks to the account for his beauty-salon company were not altered but were deposited for $1,000 more than their face value, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
Robin Oberman, a teller at a Regions Bank branch on Yamato Road, handled the last eight of Wainstock’s fraudulent transactions and 13 of the 20 in question, according to their arrest reports.
Oberman was booked into the county jail on June 7 and was released the next day, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. She faces eight charges of grand theft, according to Palm Beach County court records.
Wainstock, 73, of Aventura was booked June 25 and was released that evening. He faces 12 charges of uttering forged checks and 18 charges of grand theft. Both he and Oberman, 54, of suburban Boca Raton, also face one charge of organized scheme to defraud.
Wainstock owns BRW Beauty Salon, according to his arrest report. Bank officials notified authorities about irregularities with the account in March. Two checks from one person to the salon had been alerted to read $1,155 instead of $155, the report said.
In all, the transactions totaled $22,913, investigators said.
Security-camera footage shows Wainstock at the bank branch on Yamato Road during these fraudulent transactions 18 times. A bank official confirmed his identity.
In each transaction, detectives found that victims did not authorize either Wainstock or Oberman to change the value of their checks, according to the report.
“I intend to present evidence to the State which proves that Ms. Oberman was an unknowing participant in Mr. Wainstock’s fraud,” Oberman’s attorney Michelle Merson said in a statement July 18.
“My client has no criminal history, and prior to her arrest, she had no knowledge that a crime had occurred.”
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