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Police: Theft suspect got $149K selling dumpsters online, but failed to deliver

Updated: May. 30, 2018 at 12:02 PM EDT
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Jorge Zayas-Montejo (Source: LMDC)
Jorge Zayas-Montejo (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man has been charged with theft by deception after taking thousands of dollars from people in online transactions and never delivering the merchandise.

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An arrest warrant says Jorge Zayas-Montejo, 29, of Louisville, advertised on eBay that was selling dumpsters. Between Dec. 1 and 31, 2017, Zayas-Montejo accepted a total of $149,000 from three different people, but the customers never got the dumpsters.

Louisville Metro police began investigating after getting complaints from two of Zayas-Montejo's customers. Investigators found the money had been deposited into Zayas-Montejo's bank account through wire transfers.

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In addition to the theft charge, Zayas-Montejo is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections in a detainer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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