Pahrump, NV (KTNV) -- A man has been arrested for allegedly posing as a magazine salesman to receive money from potential customers.
80-year-old Thurman Andrews of Las Vegas was arrested on Oct. 18 in Pahrump, and booked into the Nye County Detention Center.
A local business owner alerted the Nye County Sheriff’s Office after Thurman entered his business and identified himself as a salesman for an out of state magazine, trying to sell an advertisement.
Suspicious of the man's actions, the business owner called the magazines publisher and was advised Thurman was no longer employed with the company.
Deputies from the Nye County Sheriff's Office responded and questioned Thurman regarding the business owners concerns.
During the investigation, it was revealed Thurman did in fact once work for the publisher but was no longer employed.
It was further discovered that Thurman approached at least two other local businesses in Pahrump, each time purporting to be a current salesman for the magazine publisher and fraudulently accepting orders for advertisements and payments from the businesses.
Thurman admitted that his actions were a fraud, and had no intention to turn the advertisement orders and payments over to the featured magazine publisher. In fact had already used portions of the money he had accepted for his own gain.
Thurman is being held on nine charges including petit larceny, burglary and obtaining money under false pretenses.
NCSO Detectives believe Thurman has recently approached several additional businesses in Nye County, as well as in Clark County, with the same or similar scam.
The investigation is continuing.