Crime & Courts

Man accused of scamming Charlotte airport passengers

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a man who they say scammed several passengers this week at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Michael Borovetz, 39, was arrested Tuesday and charged with five counts of obtaining property by false pretense. He was in jail Thursday with bail set at $50,000. Police say they are looking for possible additional victims.

Investigators said they were contacted by airline officials Tuesday after a passenger reported being defrauded by a man. Later in the day, police said, detectives on routine patrol at the airport were told about a suspicious person in one of the concourses.

Police identified the man as Borovetz and took him into custody. They said he admitted to giving false stories to at least five passengers at the airport to get money from them.

Investigators allege Borovetz approached passengers, told them he had been in Charlotte for a job interview, his departing flight was canceled because of bad weather, and he needed money for a hotel room. Police said Borovetz asked for $200 from the passengers but admitted to investigators that the story was false.

Last summer, a man identifying himself as Borovetz was interviewed on two lengthy YouTube podcasts – one lasting more than an hour and the second about 40 minutes. In those podcasts, the man said he had been scamming airport passengers for years.

Police said Borovetz has four prior felony convictions for forgery and burglary and has been arrested in 10 states.

Police ask that anyone who might have been a victim of Borovetz email detectives at sbrown3@cmpd.org or dwaller@cmpd.org.

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