Originally posted by KaamaScarab30
You have got to be kidding. Let me lay it out for you. (And you never cross a state line other than mailing the check.)
#1 -- Put an ad on BoatTrader.
#2 -- Wait for the call and list with your suspect. Ask how long it will take to list the boat. Verify that the 5 "Buyers" are on the line. Pay by check to make locating the suspect easier.
#3 -- Verify that they did not put the listed boat on the web site. (Give them a reasonable time after their date and then a little more time.)
#4 -- Make demand for return of the listing fee.
#5 -- Obtain affidavits from former customers of this pattern. (I would begin with the thread starter.) Include in the affidavit that the person is willing to testify in court to these facts (good for plea negotiations).
#6 -- Obtain your indictment or arrest warrant (as you prefer).
The point is to punish this guy and stop him, not put him in jail. The THREAT of jail is the key to getting fines and restitution.
- Restitution: maybe $1000.00 (+ cost of investigation)
- Fine to your jurisdiction: $10,000.00 (If you do it right).
- Attorney Fees the shmuck had to pay $10,000.00 (Conservatively)
- Feeling of stopping this guy and costing him $20,000+: PRICELESS
Sounds like you have it all figure out. This doesn't need to be done by an on duty officer. Anyone can submit this to the BBB. Like Vern said, it's almost impossible to prove intent. Not to mention, for the average law enforcement agency, this would take a sh*t ton of red tape to work through different jurisdictions. If anyone should know, you should now how time intense something like this would be in reality. I can think of a lot better things to run a "sting" on.
Sounds like a job for a nice greasy lawyer!