Wayne Police officials said a resident in their city has now joined several victims nationwide in the fake sale of dogs over the internet.
According to a Wayne Police statement, following an investigation, the Wayne Police Detective Bureau identified and charged a suspect in a widespread fraud case.
According to police, Mr. Basil A Mummery of Ontario, Canada, advertised Teacup Yorkie puppies for sale through a website, tiny-teacups.com.
Police say victims wired thousands of dollars to the suspect but never received a puppy. Eventually, contact was cut off from the suspect to the victim.
Wayne Police said the investigation revealed victims in Wayne, Florida, Louisiana, New York and South Carolina.
"Mr. Mummery is believed to be in Canada at this time. He was charged on a complaint summons but has not been arrested at this time," police said.
The charges against Mr. Mummery are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Anyone with additional information is asked to notify Detective Michael Polifrone at email@example.com or (973) 633-3537.