CARLSBAD — Carlsbad police received information earlier this week that a known scam artist had recently moved into the area.
John Philip Scafetta was wanted in the states of Florida, New York, and Contra Costa County in California for sales misrepresentations, grand theft, and fraudulent check charges.
Carlsbad police apprehended Scafetta Feb. 20 at the Motel 6, at 751 Rain Tree, on arrest warrants for charges listed above.
In spite of the diligence police displayed in tracking Scafetta down and arresting him, several victims within the city of Carlsbad have already surfaced as a result of his criminal technique to fraudulently defraud businesses.
Primo’s Pizza, Maria Callenders, and Pizza Shuttle are already confirmed victims of his scam. Typically, Scafetta poses as an advertiser, approaches businesses and offers to display advertising information on the faces of hotel/motel key cards as a way of generating business. He does this utilizing a fraudulent contract, and accepts a fee usually around $500 from each business. He then cashes the checks immediately, and leaves the area without performing the services he offered to provide.
Any other businesses owners who feel they have been victimized by Scafetta are encouraged to call Carlsbad police to report their crimes. Detective Scott Stallman is their point of contact and can be reached at (760) 931-2143.