JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The News4JAX I-TEAM has new information on a well-known community activist who turned himself in to authorities last week after a warrant was issued for his arrest on identity theft charges.
According to court documents, Siottis Jackson, 34, was the chief operating officer of a local non-profit organization.
According to the North Florida Cyber Fraud Task Force, Jackson impersonated his boss, Pastor Reginald Gundy, to obtain several loans, and those loans totaled more than $270,000.
The I-TEAM contacted Gundy, the founder of the First Coast Leadership Foundation Jacksonville, who would not comment on the allegations. He is listed as a victim of identity theft.
According to an arrest warrant, Jackson used Gundy’s personal identifying information to obtain $271,000 in fraudulent loans. Detectives said Gundy was unaware of what was going on until he started receiving notices from a collection agency. In a series of taped phone conversations with Liberty Funding Solutions, investigators say, Jackson pretended to be Gundy and forged Gundy’s signature. Jackson is also accused of forging the signatures of at least two other board members, presenting notarized letters to falsify loan documents.
Investigators said Jackson obtained:
$50,000 from Liberty Funding Solutions
$40,000 from Everest Business Funding
$25,000 from the Family Business Fund
$27,500 from Nexus Capital Group
$129,540 from VyStar
Additionally, according to investigators, Jackson applied for $180,000 in loans which were turned down. We still don’t know what happened to the money.
In a statement Jackson posted to his Facebook page, he said he had no comment on the ongoing case, but went on to say, “This situation has absolutely NOTHING to do with anyone with whom I’m online and I ask the public to treat it as such. . I ask the public not to allow this case to reflect negatively on others.
Jackson has faced financial crimes before. In 2011, he pleaded guilty to a fraud charge, accused of taking $6,000 while working as the director of student activities at Ribault High School. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to forgery, accused of fraudulently printing checks from the real estate company where he worked.
Jackson did not return our phone calls.
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