On Thursday April 12, 2012 37-year-old Norman Essary was arrested by detectives from the Department’s Financial Crimes Unit on six counts of fraudulent schemes and one count of theft. Mr. Essary allegedly conned four separate victims of $130,000 under a ruse involving the purchase and resale of motorcycles and recreational vehicles. Currently, Mr. Essary is being held on a $25,000 bond at the Maricopa County Jail.
Detectives working this case believe other victims exist but have not yet come forward. Mr. Essary, a self-admitted gambling addict, has many connections within Maricopa County. In the past, Mr. Essary has preyed upon single mothers and other vulnerable women. However, detectives have identified a trend where Mr. Essary has shifted towards self-employed business entrepreneurs and the elderly community.
Attached is a photograph of Mr. Essary. We are urging anybody with information regarding Norman Essary to either contact their local law enforcement or the Chandler Police Department at (480) 782-4130. Please reference police report number 12-023189.