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Incident Report for Case #2018-220173

Incident Type

Fraud

Incident Date

08/21/2018 - 12:00 PM

Address

Hawthorne Court

Arrested

Tony V. Fountain, age 23, Madison
Suspect was arrested Friday for theft by false representation - 5 counts, and bail jumping - 5 counts.

Update

The investigating officer arrested the suspect again this past Friday on five counts of theft by false representation. The officer has now identified 12 victims and additional tentative charges are expected.

Last updated 08/27/2018 at 9:35 AM by PIO Joel Despain

Details

Downtown officers are warning UW-Madison students to be aware of a scam artist who claims to have a downtown parking spot for rent, which it not true.
 
Tony V. Fountain, who also uses the name "Bama Flow" in online communications, was arrested earlier this summer for taking rent money from victims for a Hawthorne Court parking spot he does not control. He has "rented" the same spot out to multiple people for the same time period.
 
Yesterday, a new victim told police she gave Fountain $400 for year's rent of the parking spot.
 
Victims have made contact with Fountain via a Facebook group page where University of Wisconsin students can seek apartments, parking spots and other items for rent or sale.
 
The owner of the property, containing the parking place, was asked by police if he knew Fountain: "No, I have never heard of him, and he does not have permission to rent out parking spaces."
 
Officers are preparing new probable cause documents and plan to arrest Fountain again soon.
 
 

Released 08/22/2018 at 11:24 AM by PIO Joel Despain

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