Waterville man accused of using fraudulent check to pay for lawn mower

Posted May 05, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.

NEW SHARON, Maine — A Waterville man is facing charges after allegedly using a fraudulent check to pay for a lawn mower, according to police.

Troy Eafrati, 31, had agreed to purchase a Toro riding lawn mower that was offered on Craigslist, according to Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols.

Eafrati and the seller made arrangements for Eafrati to pick up the lawn mower on April 27 at the seller’s New Sharon residence, according to Nichols. Eafrati left with the machine after presenting the owner a check.

Soon after, the seller discovered from his bank that the check was fraudulent, the business listed on the check was false and the entire check had been manufactured on a computer, the sheriff said.

Detective Ken Charles began investigating and pursued leads which led him to Waterville, and on Friday, he and Detective Stephen Charles went to Eafrati’s home to question him, Nichols said.

Eafrati confessed to the entire thing, and Nichols said he had painted the mower “John Deere” green, and placed John Deere stickers on it to alter its appearance.

The mower was returned to its owner and Eafrati was charged with theft by deception and forgery but not arrested, Nichols said.

More charges are possible as the case is reviewed by the district attorney’s office, Nichols said.

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