Folly Beach police charge convicted con man with fraud
Police on Monday charged a convicted con man from Indiana with three counts of fraud in connection with bad checks they say he wrote while he lived on Folly Beach.
Douglas Martin, 63, was being held at the Charleston County jail when charges of drawing and uttering fraudulent checks were brought against him.
Martin recently waived extradition from Charleston and is waiting to be transported to Indiana to face four counts of fraud on a financial institution there, sheriffís Maj. Jim Brady said.
The local charges should not bar Martinís return to Indiana, and it will be up to Hoosier State authorities to determine when they will extradite him, Brady said.
Martin lived on Folly Beach while running from the Indiana charges, authorities say.
Folly Beach police accused Martin of writing three fraudulent checks worth $1,776 while he lived at 215 E. Erie Ave., Detective Joshua Allen said in an affidavit.
Martin made the checks out to his landlord, Allen stated.
Martin wrote a $600 check on Dec. 26, a $500 check on Dec. 27 and a $676 check on Jan. 2 to cover rent and other deposits, according to the affidavit. The checks returned, however, because Martinís account was closed, the affidavit said.
Folly Beach Public Safety is working with the 9th Circuit Solicitorís Office to explore numerous other complaints against Martin, Public Safety Director Dennis Brown said Tuesday.
Folly Beach police first arrested Martin on Nov. 7, and he was held at the Charleston County jail to be extradited to Allen County, Ind., to face the outstanding bank-fraud charges.
During his jail stay he claimed to be ill, and Indiana authorities decided to remove the warrant rather than risk them or Charleston County being stuck paying his medical bills, Allen County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Michael McAlexander told The (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Journal Gazette.
Martin quickly recovered and was released from jail because there was no longer a warrant to hold him, authorities said.
Indiana prosecutors later moved to reinstate the warrant, but Martin already was free and back living on Folly Beach, authorities said.
Police visited Martinís home on Dec. 30 to investigate claims that a man named Leroy ďSkipĒ Anderson, 52, of West Beach Court, forced entry into his home and threatened to kill him.
Anderson was held at the Charleston County jail on charges of burglary and assault and battery. He has since been released.
Police visited Martinís home again Wednesday and took him into custody to face charges.
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