Scam Artist Arrested

By Julie Montanaro
November 23, 7pm

A man suspected of scamming people out of more than $1 million is now behind bars.

Fifty-two-year-old Fred Cowart was picked up in Miami this week after the Leon County Sheriff's Office put out a warrant for his arrest. Cowart is accused of scamming Capital City Trailers out of a cargo trailer he bought with a bogus credit card, and deputies say that's just Cowart's latest drop in the bucket.

"He's been involved in credit card fraud schemes, not only in Florida, but in South Carolina and Alabama," said LCSO Sergeant Rob Pace. "And right now the total loss is over a million dollars."

Deputies say Cowart usually uses the same scam. He presents a bogus credit card and when it doesn't clear he claims to have a 1-800 number for his bank, which then okays his purchase.

Deputies say that phone line is really manned by Cowart's own daughter who knows how to override the credit check.