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Utah man allegedly stole more than $27K from dad to help woman he met at Chili’s

By Janelle Stecklein

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Jul 15 2013 12:24PM
Updated Dec 7, 2013 11:35PM

A Beaver County man might be regretting his decision to take more than $27,000 from his father’s bank account to pay a woman named Tiffani Jones, who said she kept having her money seized by the IRS.

The man now faces two felony charges for allegedly stealing from his father.

The man, whose city and age were not available, told police he took the money from his father’s bank account after he spent two days with a woman he had met at Chili’s in Cedar City, according to charging documents filed Monday in 5th District Court.

The man told police that the two "had bumped into each other when they walked in the door and then spent the next two days together" in March, according to a probable cause statement.

He told police that Tiffani lived somewhere between "L.A. and GA" and the two had been communicating via text messages since those two days, the probable cause statement shows.

Tiffani told the man she was in trouble and needed money and that she was going to get a large sum of money in the mail and would pay him back.

So the man would deposit money into an account, but each time the IRS would seize it, so Tiffani would say she needed more, records show.

The man gave Tiffani an estimated $42,500 between April and June, police said.

The man has been charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult and unlawful dealing of property by a fiduciary, both second-degree felonies.

Authorities don’t recommend giving money to strangers, and say if someone a person doesn’t know well requests money, it’s likely a scam.

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