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Con artist accused of another theft
By DONG-PHUONG NGUYEN, Times Staff Writer
Published February 6, 2008
Jordan Gann would tell victims he was a doctor, lawyer or real estate investor, police say. He remains in a county jail after pleading guilty to grand theft.
TAMPA - Convicted con artist Jordan Gann, who is awaiting sentencing for swindling money from strangers he befriends, now faces an additional charge in St. Petersburg.
Authorities have charged Gann with grand theft stemming from an incident involving a real estate broker who believed Gann was a successful oncologist, said St. Petersburg police spokesman George Kajtsa.
Gann, who remains in the Hillsborough County jail, is accused of stealing several items from Pinellas Realtor Melody Stang, who showed Gann some high-priced property last year.
According to St. Petersburg police, Gann showed Stang bank statements listing $154-million in his account. He told Stang he didn't have any liquid assets, so Stang loaned him about $1,500. He ended up stealing her $380 Gucci sunglasses and a $60 broach, she told investigators.
Stang declined to comment for this story.
Authorities said Gann led Stang to believe his name was Shawn J. Rosenthal and that he was a doctor of oncology with a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins and an undergraduate degree from Harvard.
Gann and his identical twin brother Simon are suspected of using their charm, good looks and impressive knowledge about a variety of topics to trick people into trusting them.
Authorities say Jordan Gann has played roles as a physician, lawyer and real estate investor whose wallet is stolen or whose funds are tied up. Acquaintances end up paying for Gann's meals and inviting him into their homes and loaning him money.
It is believed the Ganns may have fathered at least five children with their victims.
Gann, who pleaded guilty to grand theft for stealing $750 from a Largo biochemist at a Tampa mall, is scheduled to be sentenced March 7.
Times staff writer Rebecca Catalanello contributed to this report. Dong-Phuong Nguyen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813269-5312.