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Another man suspected of fraud

Staff report

A third Steamboat Springs seasonal worker faces felony charges related to thousands of dollars having been stolen from a man through fraud.

Chandra B. Pratap , 25, from India, was arrested Monday on suspicion of theft and identity theft.

Police began investigating Pratap after arresting two other Indian men suspected of stealing thousands of dollars through a scam.

During a search, police discovered a receipt that showed Pratap sent $1,100 to India using Western Union.

On Friday, police went to Wells Fargo at City Market and spoke with a banker about Pretap’s account.

According to an arrest affidavit, the banker noticed suspicious activity on Pratap ’s account, and Pratap had been in the previous day trying to close his account.

The banker told police Pratap was very nervous and seemed desperate to close his account.

The banker put a hold on Pratap ’s account due to the suspicious activity.

Police discovered $15,395 worth of suspicious deposits into Pratap ’s account.

Police looked into the deposits and found one that came from an account belonging to a business in New York.

Police contacted the business owner and learned nine of his checks had been forged and deposited, totaling more than $24,000.

Police believe Pratap stole $2,400 from the business and fraudulently deposited it into his account.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland


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