A man described as “cheat and fraud” was convicted of writing a bad check; arrested for more crimes


After being convicted of writing a bad check for $ 5,746 to Lowell, Jason Faraj was handed over to lawmakers in southeast Michigan, where he faces similar charges.

LOWELL, Michigan – Freedom was fleeting for convicted felon Jason Faraj, who was released from Kent County jail on Monday and into the waiting arms of Oakland County MPs, where he is also charged with financial crimes.

“He’s one of the biggest fraudsters, the biggest cheaters you’ll ever meet,” said Rodger Ackerson, who sold Faraj over $ 5,700 in coins and other items, only to see the check. without provisions.

“He walked out of court with a smile on his face,” Ackerson said. “I sure hope he’s not smiling now. “

Not likely. Although a sentencing judge ruled on Monday that Faraj had spent enough time locked up, Faraj was unable to leave Kent County Jail as a free man.

Oakland County MPs picked him up and drove Faraj back to the eastern part of the state to face charges.

“He is wanted in Michigan jurisdictions and at least two states,” Lowell Police Detective Gordy Lauren said. “Everything for financial crimes. “

Her local issues stem from a visit last summer to Ackerson’s iconic store, Collector’s Korner, in Lowell. After spending three hours browsing and chatting, Faraj gave Ackerson a check for $ 5,746 to pay for sterling silver cutlery, watches, watch cases, and a 1995-W silver American coin.

The check was bounced 10 days later.

“I trusted the guy and look what happened,” Ackerson said. “He kept telling me he would make things right. It never happened, so I went to the police. ”

Faraj, 44, was charged last fall with fraudulent withdrawal / transfer and insufficient funds. He pleaded guilty this summer to insufficient funds of $ 500 or more. The criminal offense could have put him in jail.

In the Kent County Circuit Court conviction on Monday, the judge gave Faraj credit for the 305 days he spent in Kent County Jail and ordered him to pay Ackerson $ 5,746 in compensation.

Faraj was released from jail Monday night to Oakland County MPs, where he faces multiple charges. The police in Tecumseh and Livonia have taken hold of him as well.

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Faraj has a criminal record dating back to his teenage years. He has been charged with financial crimes in Kent, Lenawee, Livingston, Oakland and Washtenaw counties. Police departments in several states are interested in Faraj, Lauren said.

“There are a lot of investigations opened on him,” he said.

Ackerson says he’s waiting for the bad check to be returned, and says he thinks Faraj should pay more.

“It cost me a lot of money because his check was bad and I then had to take out a loan to cover the bad check,” Ackerson said. ” It is not fair. “

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