ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A Florida Highway pullover of an SUV with dark tinted windows ended with the handing over of $25,000, all in new $100 bills wrapped in rubber bands.
The person with the money — which was found in a hidden sock — said he didn’t have a bank, according to an arrest affidavit. The money supposedly was for helping his aunt in Fort Lauderdale.
Troopers arrested Anthony Fowler, 57, of Ormond Beach, on a charge of fraud: operating an unlicensed money service. They seized the money during the traffic stop 7:05 p.m. Saturday on the Florida Turnpike. Fowler was released on Sunday from the St. Lucie County Jail under a $15,000 bail.
The sock was found in a compartment for tire-changing equipment. When questioned, Fowler, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was quoted as saying the money was for buying his aunt’s house so it could be flipped for her children. But he didn’t know the house’s address, the reports state.