Bondi opens investigation into alleged identity theft by West Palm Beach company


Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is investigating allegations of identity theft by a West Palm Beach company that sells followers on Twitter, Facebook and other sites.

“If you or someone you know has had their identity stolen and used to create a fake social media profile on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or any other social media platform please file a complaint with our office,” reads a page on Bondi’s website.

The move comes after the New York Times reported that Devumi and Bytion, two West Palm Beach-based companies, created phony accounts on Twitter and sold them to celebrities and companies looking to build their social media followings.

Devumi and Bytion are operated by German E. Calas Jr., a 27-year-old entrepreneur who lives in West Palm Beach. His company website shows his Clematis Street office decked out with the usual accoutrements of a tech work space, including a pingpong table and a billiards table.

Calas couldn’t be reached for comment.

Bytion’s site lists two job openings in Denver. The New York Times reported Thursday that Calas’ company has moved its operations to Colorado.


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