Weber deputies' ruse nabs man wanted for forgery

Aug 15 2011 - 11:46pm

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Eric E. Metelman
Eric E. Metelman

OGDEN -- A simple ruse lured a wanted fugitive out into the open Saturday.

A warrant was issued June 28 for Eric E. Metelman, 52, for money laundering and more than a dozen forgery charges, Weber County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Lowther said.

"Deputies were aware that he had been working in the area," Lowther said.

To catch Metelman, the sheriff's office contacted his private moving business under the guise of moving some furniture. When he arrived with his truck, Lowther said, officers took him into custody.

Along with the charges on the original warrant, Metelman also faces numerous additional charges, including possession of stolen property, improper use of license plates and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Metelman had pleaded guilty in March to seven counts of forgery and one of the money laundering charges after his Feb. 16 arrest after using counterfeit $20 bills to purchase two cell phones.

On two different occasions, Metelman arranged to meet with the sellers of the phones in Ogden parking lots after making contact through KSL.com classified ads.

Metelman has a long criminal record, all for fraud, bad checks and forgery. He is currently being held in Weber County Jail.

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