Jason James charged with scams in Streetsboro

(Portage County) - The Streetsboro Police Department currently has two active warrants for Jason Nicholas James, a 47 year old man who uses a former home in Brunswick or abandoned buildings as his address.

James has been charged or is the suspect in multiple thefts (Forgery or Passing Bad Checks) across northeast Ohio where he uses fraudulent identification and checks to make purchases from unsuspecting businesses.

James was previously arrested in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2014 as part of a $9 million Ponzi scheme and was charged with defrauding at least one victim of $300,000.

Police say business owners and employees need to be aware of his friendly con-artist tactics because he appears genuine, confident and out-going while he is presenting fake identification and checks to make large purchases.

Investigators release the above photos and claim as pictured, James will smile and shake your hand with one hand while he is giving you a bad check with the other. Investigators report, Streetsboro businesses alone are out over $18,000.

A public records check for James shows current or past activity in Summit, Cuyahoga, Portage and Stark Counties and there are likely others.

(Photos provided by Streetsboro Police)

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