Man arrested for check fraud after answering Craigslist ad

A bizarre scam left a 34-year-old Fontana man behind bars on Friday, as he was caught attempting to cash a check at California Bank and Trust, located at 102 Yale Ave. If Demetrius LaFear’s story is to be believed, he cashed the check on behalf of someone he met through a Craigslist advertisement. The ad said it would give $2500 in cash in exchange for depositing 2 checks at 2 separate banking banks, according to Mr. LaFear’s story as recounted to police. Mr. LaFear took the bait and was sent to jail for his efforts as the checks were counterfeit. The first-time offender is being charged with cashing a fictitious check, fraud, fraud with intent to commit grand theft and identity theft.

Check out a busy week for the Claremont police in Friday’s police blotter.


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