Folly Beach police: Reputed Indiana con man back in custody

Folly Beach police this afternoon arrested a convicted con man who had been living in plain sight on the Edge of America while running from fraud charges in Indiana, authorities said.

Douglas Martin, 63, was taken into custody at his East Erie Avenue home without incident, Folly Beach Public Safety Director Dennis Brown said. He is expected to be booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center, where he will await extradition to Indiana, he said.

Folly Beach detectives coordinated with Indiana officials to verify the existence of an active warrant for Martin and ensure it was promptly served, Brown said.

Brown said his detectives are investigating Martin in connection with local complaints as well, though he provided no specifics. We are investigating several cases, and those investigations are ongoing, he said.

Martin went on the lam from the Hoosier State in January 2011 after he was released on $22,500 bail while awaiting trial in Indianas Allen County on four counts of fraud on a financial institution, authorities said. He had been accused of writing several bad checks through an account with First Federal Bank, affidavits say.

Folly Beach police arrested Martin on Nov. 7, and he was held at the Charleston County jail to be extradited to Indiana. During his stay, he claimed to be ill, and Indiana authorities reportedly opted to remove the warrant so neither they nor Charleston County would be stuck paying his medical bills.

Martin quickly recovered, however, and he was released from jail because there was no longer a warrant to hold him, authorities said.

Suspecting they had been conned, Indiana prosecutors later moved to reinstate the warrant, but Martin already was free at that point and back living on Folly Beach, authorities said.

Martin, who was convicted of bank fraud in 2010, also has been accused of impersonating a surgeon and falsely claiming to be a decorated Vietnam veteran, authorities said.

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