Police: man tried to scam local high schools

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 01, 2011 7:10 AM

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Iowa City police arrested an Illinois man Jan. 29, after he allegedly defrauded three local businesses.

Tony Phiathep, 33, Silvis, Ill., was charged with three counts of second-degree theft for incidents allegedly occurring between October 2008 and December 2009.

According to police reports, the defendant allegedly approached several businesses offering to sell advertising on products to be handed out at local high-school sporting events.

Police said Phiathep allegedly collected money from businesses and gave them an invoice documenting the alleged product and advertising sold.

Reports said the defendant had no affiliation with the local high schools, no authorization to sell the products through any local high school, and no permission to sell the advertising on school grounds.

The four victims affected during this time had a total loss of approximately $1,750, and Phiathep was identified by several witnesses, according to police.

Second-degree theft is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $7,500.

— by Hayley Bruce

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