Craigslist scam results in arrest
Steamboat Springs — A woman arrested Tuesday is suspected of bilking a Routt County couple out of $17,900 in a Craigslist scam.
Mia S. Washington, 36, has been charged with felony theft. Her bond was set at $10,000 on Tuesday during an appearance in Routt County Court. Washington is being represented by the public defender.
According to an arrest warrant filed with the Routt County Court, a man and his wife were in the market for a large camper. In September 2013, they found one on Craigslist and started communicating through email with the seller, who went by the name Jill.
After Jill sent pictures of the camper, the couple decided to buy it. Jill instructed them to to fill out paperwork online to purchase the camper through http://www.amazonpayments.com. The couple also was told to wire $17,900 to a Citibank account in Bronx, New York, under the name Mia S. Washington, the warrant stated.
The couple was told by Jill that the camper would arrive Oct. 3 or 4. When it did not arrive, Jill told them a new delivery date of Oct. 7. When the camper still had not arrived, they contacted Jill but never heard back.
After contacting http://www.amazonpayments.com, the couple was told that the company does not handle wire transfers or use a shipping company.Then the husband and wife were told they were the victims of a scam, and they should contact law enforcement.
The scam was investigated by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office used a subpoena to obtain bank records for Washington, the woman who the couple wired the money to.
According to the warrant, the Sheriff’s Office saw that the money had been wired to Washington’s account, and then there were two cash withdrawals totaling $14,490.
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