A 33-year-Anaheim woman was arrested Thursday morning by Huntington Beach police in connection with a Craigslist scam in which a Girl Scout troop was the victim. According to the HBPD, the suspect is Karina Martinez.
On Feb. 2, 2016, a Girl Scout troop leader inquired on Craigslist about a vacation rental in Huntington Beach. The girls voted to have the party at the beach because some of them have never been. After an exchange of emails, the leader transferred payment from the troop’s account to the alleged suspect’s account. After the payment, the suspect stopped all contact. They were forced to cancel their trip due to the loss of funds.
An image of a suspect captured on security video inside the bank attempting to make a transaction with the account the money was transferred into. Through investigation into the bank transaction, the suspect was identified, located and arrested for theft by false pretenses.
Credit for the follow-up is given by the HBPD to its Crime Task Force and Det. Anthony Pham.
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