Hawkins man scammed with fake 'movie money' in car sale

Jeff Bobo • Sep 6, 2019 at 10:00 PM

MOUNT CARMEL — On Monday night, a Mount Carmel man traded his 2005 Honda Accord for an envelope he thought contained $2,500 in cash.

However, a closer inspection of the $100 bills revealed “For Motion Picture Use Only” printed beside Ben Franklin’s head.

The 24-year-old victim told Mount Carmel Police Department Officer Kevin Johnson that he found a prospective buyer for his vehicle on Facebook.

The man identified himself as Steven Poarch from Antioch, N.C., and met the victim at his residence on Hammond Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.

“(The victim) stated that Mr. Poarch had an envelope with the cash and counted out $2,500 in $100 bills, and put it back in the envelope, and handed it to him,” Johnson stated in his report. “(The victim) signed the title and gave it to Steven Poarch. Not until he walked in his residence and took the cash out of the envelope did he realize it was fake.”

The Honda is red, has four doors, one purple headlight and one clear. The victim removed the license plate before the buyer took the vehicle.

The fake cash was seized and put into evidence at the MCPD.

Anyone with information about the missing Honda or the man calling himself Steven Poarch is asked to call the MCPD at (423) 357-4141.

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