July 06, 2022  |  12:07 pm

Investigators with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Financial Crimes Unit have arrested a man who scammed two St. Tammany Parish residents out of thousands of dollars.

It is believed this same man has been victimizing people all over the country.

In April, a St. Tammany resident contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report they had wired a man $55,000 for a boat, and when they went to the Florida address he provided to pick it up, there was no boat.

While investigating that crime, STPSO detectives were contacted by a second victim who had wired the individual $28,000 for a boat that was supposed to be delivered to their business. That boat never arrived, and the “seller” terminated all communication. 

The investigation led STPSO Financial Crimes detectives to a man who had an arrest record out of Florida under the name Mads Lund. However, in working with Homeland Security Investigations, STPSO detectives were able to determine that was in fact a fake alias.

On May 13, STPSO detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of Modestas Grublys, a Lithuanian national who was living in the United States under the fake name of Mads Lund.

On June 7, Grublys was taken into custody after he was involved in a traffic crash in Indiana. He was booked into a facility there while he awaited extradition to St. Tammany Parish.

On June 25 Grublys was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on one count each of Theft Over 25,000 and Money Laundering.

On June 27 an additional count for each charge was added.

“I commend the work our detectives did in making an arrest in these cases,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Financial Crimes cases are some of the hardest to solve, but we have the very best detectives that are dedicated and use all the resources available to make sure anyone who takes advantage of St. Tammany residents is identified and arrested.”