Arab arrested for ‘dark web scam’ in Florida

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PENSACOLA, Florida (TO) – Last week in Florida, an Arab man was arrested in what officials are calling a “dark web fraud scheme.”

Wade Hampton Helms, 34, of Arab, was arrested by Arab police after investigators received reports of “possible Helms-related fraud” at a Pensacola credit union, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

Investigators say Helms lived in Pensacola and worked at the credit union at the time of the fraud.

Officers say Helms misused his employees’ access to compromise credit union accounts, took personal identification from members and gave it to third parties on the dark web. They also claim that he helped these third parties steal money from these accounts.

Affected caisse members have been notified.

Helms was charged with one charge against users of computers, systems, networks or electronic devices; eight instances of use of personally identifiable information; 34 counts of unlawful possession of personally identifiable information; and one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

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