Man arrested at Charlotte airport for scam, police say

Police have arrested a man who they say scammed several air passengers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport by telling them he needed money for a hotel room.

Area media outlets report 39-year-old Michael Borovetz was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and charged with five counts of obtaining false property by pretense. He is jailed under $50,000 bond, and it’s not known if he has an attorney.

According to investigators, Borovetz approached passengers on Tuesday and told them he had been in Charlotte for a job interview and that his departing flight was canceled due to bad weather. He said he needed money for a hotel room and asked passengers for $200.

Authorities say Borovetz admitted to investigators that the story was false.

Police say they are looking for other possible victims.

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