In the end, Atlanta fraud suspect James Sanders was foiled by the old flower-delivery ploy Wednesday. That’s how WSB-TV Action News producers, reporter Tom Regan and Hapeville police officers finally nabbed Sanders and in time for the evening newscast.
You’ll recall that Sanders was initially sought in an alleged connection with various scams using Sir Elton John and his Elton John AIDS Foundation to score free cakes and furnace repair work. After Regan’s first piece aired this week (featuring Sanders running out of a prior residence and screaming at the investigative reporter), a Hapeville neighbor reported her new shady neighbor to Regan.
Hapeville police, with guns drawn, yanked Sanders out of a closet Wednesday and transferred him to DeKalb County where he was due in front of a magistrate court judge late Thursday afternoon to answer to two felony counts of theft by taking and two counts of forgery.
Before staking out the courthouse, Regan told us: “It was a great