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Redwood City man arrested for widespread elder fraud
March 19, 2013, 05:00 AM

Police arrested James Keeton, 62, at his Redwood City home Monday morning on a felony warrant and charged him with 13 counts of felony theft by false pretenses and elder abuse-theft by fraud after a three-year investigation.

According to Redwood City police, Keeton had a consistent pattern of befriending elderly victims and borrowing money under false pretenses. He made no attempt to repay them and would cut off communication after obtaining their money.

He would meet victims through religious institutions and social clubs, according to police. He was arrested at approximately 9 a.m. at his home on the 2200 block of Roosevelt Avenue and was taken into custody through a coordinated investigation between the Redwood City Police Department, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, the Burlingame Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information about Keeton is encouraged to contact Detective Josh Chilton at 780-7141.

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