A Brownwood man suspected correctly that he was a scam target after he received a phony cashier’s check in the mail from Canada for $4,880.
His instructions: cash the check — drawn on a bank in Greeley, Colo. — and use a relatively small portion of the money as a “mystery shopper” at area businesses.
Instructions called for the man to spend approximately $280 at the businesses and fax evaluation forms back to the “mystery shopper” company. But the man was also expected to pay $600 from the check for “evaluation training pay and expenses.” Additionally, the man was instructed to return $2,600 through a Western Union wire transfer and also make a money gram transfer of $1,400 as part of the evaluations, the man told Brownwood police Lt. John Harper.
Harper contacted the Colorado bank, and someone there told him that 30 to 40 of the bogus checks had been issued in the scam.
In other incidents:
Officer Brandon Arnold arrested Robert LeBlanc, 44, on a criminal trespass charge after a man reported that someone was in a house he owns in the 1600 block of Borden. Arnold and officer Zane Taylor found a man passed out in a bedroom.
The homeowner said the man was a former employee who had once lived there. He said he had told the man to stay away.
Officer Trey Weathermon arrested Eric Wright, 35, on a charge of DWI second offense after seeing a pickup driving with its lights off Wednesday night. Weathermon stopped the truck at Tapp and Fisk, and the driver said he was going home from a bar. Arnold arrested Yohanna Selvie, 27, on an assault charge after a domestic dispute in the 1800 block of Austin. Officer Troy Grusendorf arrested Kenny Vasquez, 26, on a charge of violating a protective order after a woman told police Vasquez was banging on her door in the 2300 block of Cottage. Someone took beer and prescription medication from a home in 4000 block of Shoshonie Drive. Someone took an injection pump from an oil lease off FM 2940.