Rogerio Scotton, a former Boca Raton, Florida stock car driver and entrepreneur, was arrested Friday after he was accused of defrauding shipping companies out of millions of dollars, news sources indicate. Scotton, 42, allegedly posed as an employee of major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target in order to trick the shipping companies into giving him low rates. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on 26 counts of mail fraud. It is unclear whether he has qualified for bail bond. It is also not yet known whether he has hired an attorney.
Reports say Scotton is a Brazilian native and a former stock car driver. He has appeared in a number of races, including the NASCAR Busch Series and the American Le Mans Series. In 2003, he sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, but was able to return to racing that same year. His charges are unrelated to his racing career, stemming instead from his entrepreneurial pursuits.
Scotton owns several online businesses: Export, Brazil Express Import, and Sky Air Express. From those businesses, he allegedly offered Brazilian customers discount shipping through FedEx and UPS. According to recent reports, Scotton allegedly pretended to work for various retailers, such as Apple, Target, and Wal-Mart, in order to acquire discount shipping from 2007 and March 2012. Detectives say Scotton was only able to offer discounts to because he created fake accounts with both FedEx and UPS where he claimed to represent major retail chains. Reports say Scotton shipped the packages from a number of locations in Coral Springs and Boca Raton. An indictment filed against Scotton says, "The shipping companies suffered multimillion dollar losses because of Scotton's activities," though an exact number of packages allegedly shipped with the discount was not specified.
In other news, Xavier Melton of Lauderhill, Florida was shot Wednesday outside of his Royal Palms Apartments home, news sources say. Melton, 23, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was reportedly unable to identify the shooter and did not know why the suspect shot him. Police say the shooter is still at large.