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Park Ridge Police Seek Additional Victims After Investigating and Unraveling Complex Fraud Scheme

                After months of extensive investigation, Park Ridge Police Investigators were able to identify, locate, arrest and charge David Ray Wooten, 63 of 2620 Berwyn Avenue, Chicago, IL on charges stemming from a series of fraudulent activities. Mr. Wooten is alleged to have established a fictitious company in Park Ridge in an effort to gain the trust of his victims. He then conducted business transactions with his victims, taking possession of their vehicles, sports memorabilia, cash, artwork among other things without providing the agreed upon compensation. In addition, Mr. Wooten would befriend people, often assuming the name of his previous victim, establish credibility and then commit acts of fraud.

            Park Ridge Investigators located and arrested Wooten in the 6500 Block of Diversey, Chicago on March 7th (2013). He has been charged with one Class 2 Felony Theft, three counts of Class 3 Felony Theft and one count Class A Misdemeanor Theft.

            During the investigation Park Ridge detectives were able to track Wooten and his activities to at least four states including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Missouri. Given that and the fact that a number of other local agencies have identified Wooten as a possible suspect in crimes reported to them as far back as 2007, Park Ridge Police have reason to believe that there may be approximately 100 additional victims throughout the Midwest. We are asking that anyone who feels that they may have been a victim to Wooten’s fraudulent activities, call the Park Ridge Police Department at 847-318-5252. 



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