Scam Artist Arrested in Carolina Beach

SEPTEMBER 26, 2005 -- Fraud was disguised as fundraising for a children's group in Carolina Beach. Police arrested a suspected scam artist.

Officers began investigating James Trankle back in June. They say he solicited funds for a fake children's group using the name "Police/Fire Publishing Inc.of North Carolina."

The money was deposited into his personal accounts. Investigators say Trankle is suspected of similar crimes in other states.