Brunswick, state police arrest alleged Craigslist scammer

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BRUNSWICK — State and Brunswick police said a Chelsea man suspected of scamming more than $250,000 worth of undelivered services on Craigslist was arrested in Lisbon last week.

Ervin Morrison III, 23, was arrested without incident at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 13 by Maine State Police Trooper Chris Rogers. 

Maine State Police had been looking for Morrison since last summer after receiving complaints of products solicited on Craigslist that were never delivered, according to a Jan. 14 press release.

In most cases, Rogers said, Morrison would respond to a request for goods or services, take the money at an initial meeting, and never return.

Two Maine companies, including one in Brunswick, lost $132,000 in the swindle, police said. Total losses in Maine stand at $250,000, but that number is expected to double as more complaints are received from in and out of state.

Morrison was charged with failing to appear for theft by deception; failing to appear for a contempt hearing; failing to appear for negotiating a worthless instrument; forgery; theft by deception; operating after habitual offender revocation; violating conditions of release, and larceny.

Rogers said Morrison was re-arrested the night of Sunday, Jan. 17, at Kennebec County Jail on charges of theft by deception, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, and deceptive business practices.