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Men accused of fraud

SEBRING - Two men are accused of carrying out a scheme in which they thought they could defraud American Express of money. But, instead, they ended up being arrested, according to reports released Monday.

David Jacquelsoyitae Kidd, 30, 1216 Melody Lane, Sebring, and Kenneth Lamar Ross, 41, 3013 Villa Road, Sebring, were arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with third-degree grand theft, fraud and credit card fraud.

Although the reports list different addresses for the men, the report for Kidd says the men are roommates.

Ross' arrest report said that between Nov. 9 and Dec. 5, he withdrew $2,500 from his American Express Card, but claimed to American Express he had not received any cash or receipts.

But images from an ATM camera showed Ross getting cash and receipts.

Kidd's arrest report said that between Oct. 13 and Dec. 4, Kidd claimed 13 times that cash totaling about $3,780 was charged to his card, but he did not receive any cash or receipts. ATM videos show Ross receiving the cash, the report said.

Man accused of damaging car, punching another man

SEBRING - An argument between two men led to one being arrested and accused of assaulting the other man and damaging his car, according to a report released Monday.

Jonathan Marshall Parker, 19, 3911 Ponce Deleon Blvd., Sebring, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with criminal mischief and burglary with assault or battery.

The report says that during the argument Parker struck the driver's window and door, causing about $600 in damage. After that, Parker opened the door and hit the other man, the report said.