DeLand, FL – Couple Emptied Veteran’s Bank Account, Leaving Him Suicidal
DeLand, FL – A Coast Guard Veteran felt sorry for Jessica Henry, 31, because she told him she didn’t have money to feed her children. Her boyfriend, Gregory Dushan, 28, played the part of her “probation officer.” By the end of 3 years, the veteran scammers had taken over $50,000 of the veteran’s finances and left him destitute. When he was notified that his bank account was empty, he thought about committing suicide.
It takes a special kind of despicable to empty a US veteran’s bank account to buy drugs. But that’s exactly what Jessica Henry and Gregory Dushan did.
First, Henry’s neighbor would give her “a few dollars” to buy food but later after the victim moved away Henry called him to say she had been arrested, police said. Henry told the victim she needed $350 a day to pay for her urine tests as part of her probation, according to the report.
The victim told police Henry’s “probation officer” later determined to be her boyfriend, Gregory Dushan, 28, would call him daily and demand between $150 and $1,000. If the victim didn’t have money Dushan would take his car and hold it until he paid him up to $1,500, according to arrest report.
The victim said Dushan would threaten him with jail and said he would have the SWAT team kick down his doors if he did not pay Henry’s fees.
The victim, whose name was not released, literally lost everything. Authorities found out when he called the veterans suicide line to say that he wanted to kill himself because he didn’t have money left. He couldn’t even pay his rent.
When he was contacted by police, they let him know they would help him get his car back. Dushan was found driving the car at Henry’s residence. The Coast Guard veteran, who is 82, said if authorities would help him, he would “no longer have to commit suicide.”
Henry and Dushan were arrested and charged with “exploiting an elderly person of up to $100,000.” Dushan is also charged with impersonating an officer or public employee. More charges may be forthcoming.
The problem with this report is that it happens all too frequently. The generations that are kind to others, completely trusting, are the ones vulnerable to scammers. This particular couple spent up to $500 per DAY on drugs.
Since the arrest, the victim has been receiving death threats and demands to stop pressing charges. According to Volusia Crimewatch, “Additionally, the victim advised detectives that he received death threats prior to the Dushan’s arrest Wednesday advising that he needed to drop the charges on Henry or he would be killed in a half-hour. Police are still looking into the threats made against the victim at this time and more charges could be filed.”
The DeLand police department has been receiving multiple calls asking to help the veteran. Anyone interested in doing so, can contact Chris Graham at email@example.com.