Man arrested after several people claim he scammed them out of thousands

Published 07/26 2016 10:57AM

Updated 07/26 2016 11:03AM

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The Bay County Sheriff's Office arrest a man they say scammed eight people out of $80,000. According to authorities, 59 year-old Charles Thomas Cottle of Bayou George used Craigslist to offer his serves as a Real Estate Agent, although investigators say he is no agent.

In June, the Bay County Sheriff's Office received a complaint from a woman who responded to Cottle’s ad on Craigslist. The woman said Cottle promised he could help her buy a house if she gave him $10,000 for the down payment. Once he received the money,she claims he wouldn't return any of her phone calls.
 
The BCSO then opened a case on Cottle and eventually arrested him. He was later released under a pre-trial release program.
 
Since then, other victims have filed complaints against Cottle. They all responded to his Craigslist ad, gave him money and were scammed.
 
According to BCSO, in total, eight victims gave Cottle more than $80,000.
 
Cottle was arrested again on July 21 and charged with seven counts of practicing real estate without a license, seven counts of grand theft and six counts of scheme to defraud.
 
Bay County Sheriff's Office thinks more victims are out there, and they’re asking anyone who dealt with Cottle on Craiglist to give them a call or call Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.  

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