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Fraud Detectives Make An Arrest Of Santa Clarita Man

IN JUNE 2007, THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT’S COMMERCIAL CRIMES BUREAU-NORTH FRAUD TEAM INITIATED AN INVESTIGATION ALLEGING A FRAUD SCHEME EMANATING WITHIN THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA.  THE INVESTIGATION FOCUSED ON SUSPECT NORMAN KEATING AND HIS ADVERTISING BUSINESS CALLED “XPRESSTOONMAPS” LOCATED IN THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA.  THE INVESTIGATION INVOLVED NUMEROUS SEARCH WARRANTS FOR BANK RECORDS THROUGHOUT LOS ANGELES COUNTY.

SUSPECT KEATING SOLICITED BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA TO ADVERTISE ON A CARTOON TYPE MAP THAT WOULD MARKET THEIR BUSINESS THROUGHOUT BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL AREAS.  HE GENERATED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN ADVERTISING FROM NUMEROUS BUSINESSES.  THE INVESTIGATION WAS ABLE TO PROVE THAT SUSPECT KEATING HAD MISREPRESENTED HIMSELF IN HIS DEALING WITH THE BUSINESSES. 

SUSPECT KEATING’S BUSINESS ARRANGEMENT QUICKLY COLLAPSED AS HE BEGAN TO SPEND LAVISH AMOUNTS OF MONEY ON HIMSELF.  IN ADDITION, HE BEGAN TO INVOLVE HIMSELF IN CHECK KITING AND FRAUDULENT USE OF ACCESS CARD INFORMATION.

ON NOVEMBER 13, 2007, SUSPECT KEATING WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED AT SANTA CLARITA STATION.  A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT WAS FILED WITH THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.  IN THE COMPLAINT, 18 FELONY COUNTS WERE FILED.  THE CHARGES INCLUDED THEFT BY FALSE PRETENSES, GRAND THEFT, CHECK FRAUD, ACCESS CARD FRAUD AND FORGERY.  SUSPECT KEATING IS CURRENTLY HOUSED AT THE TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

SUSPECT KEATING IS ALSO A FUGITIVE OUT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA ON OTHER FRAUD RELATED CHARGES.

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