Woman impersonated judge to scam neighbor out of money, Volusia cops say

Deputies: 65-year-old woman scammed out of thousands of dollars

DELTONA, Fla. – A Deltona woman was arrested Thursday after deputies say she impersonated a judge to scam her 65-year-old neighbor out of thousands of dollars.

Angelique Cribb, 43, was charged with organized scheme to defraud on a warrant signed by the judge she impersonated in a series of threatening text messages - Circuit Judge James R. Clayton, according to a Volusia County Sheriff's Office release.

Deputies said that the victim had loaned Cribb and another neighbor hundreds of thousands of dollars since 2010 and that the pair still owed her $308,000. When the victim refused to loan any more money, Cribb started breaking things in the victim's home and eventually said that she needed money for legal bills to keep the victim's daughter out of jail, according to the release.

The victim then started receiving text messages from Cribb's phone discussing Clayton, Judge Raul Zambrano and Judge Dawn Nichols, saying that Cribb was working with Nichols to collect a large lottery payout, and several thousand dollars in fees were needed, deputies said.

Deputies said Cribb also told the victim that she was Clayton and warned her of legal consequences if she didn't send more money.

“You seem to think you can get away with this, but let me tell you you can not. Telling other people and calling the court house will only cause you more problems than you ever know," one of the text messages said.

Deputies said they found more than 1,000 texts between the victim and Cribb, and that the victim thought she was paying judges.

"$30,000 or so is the amount she gave her under the threats from supposedly the judges and the text messages she got threatening with jail time for her daughter," said Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman Andrew Gant.

Cribb was arrested and booked into the Volusia County Jail.

About the Author: