Former Cape resident nabbed by deputies, charged with theft
A former Cape Coral man accused of running a sales scam on the Internet remained in jail Tuesday after being located by local sheriff’s deputies.
Paul Stephen Webster, 59, of 8805 Tamiami Trail, Apt. 317, Naples, was being held at the Lee County Jail on no bond. He was picked up Monday on a warrant for one count of larceny theft $300 or more but less than $5,000, according to booking records.
Webster is also facing two warrants out of Sarasota County, one for grand theft $300 to $5,000 and one for scheme to defraud less than $20,000, and an out-of-state warrant coming from Savannah, Ga., for theft by deception.
Following several complaints, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office began tracing Webster’s activities on the Internet beginning in 2007. According to officials, the investigation revealed that he advertised items for sale, many of which were firearms and electronics.
Webster reportedly collected money from numerous victims but provided nothing in return. He reportedly used multiple post office boxes throughout Florida and moved often. When the investigation was opened, he had a Cape Coral address.
On Monday, Webster was apprehended during a surveillance operation after detectives and a crime analyst uncovered locations in Lee County that he was frequenting, officials reported. He was taken into custody and charged.
Webster was on the run from authorities in Georgia for similar charges.
According to officials, local sheriff’s detectives continue to work cases involving Webster and additional charges are possible.
Webster has a court date scheduled for March 28.