Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies have arrested two men who allegedly went door to door trying to sell fake plasma screen televisions and
broken laptops in unincorporated San Jose. A man living in the 13000 block of Highwood Drive called authorities to report a suspicious man came to his door around 5 p.m. Thursday trying to sell laptops and computers from the back of a minivan. The man offered to sell the resident a new laptop for $250 or a plasma television for $450, according to the sheriff’s department. The resident was skeptical, according to sheriff’s deputies, because his friend was recently duped into buying a fake TV in a similar situation. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found Darryl Williams, 48, and Vernon Green, 53, still in the area in the minivan. The men, who both live in Richmond, initially denied trying to sell anything, and said they were just “hanging out,” according to the sheriff’s department. Deputies determined that Williams is a registered sex offender on probation for carrying a firearm and Green was on parole for identity theft. Deputies conducted a parole search and allegedly found the minivan loaded with falsely represented merchandise. The van contained 25 packages labeled as new Dell laptop computers, with broken computers inside. Officers also found 10 packages labeled as 46-inch Sony plasma flat screen televisions, but containing only wood blocks. After deputies discovered the fake merchandise, the men said they were selling the items as gag gifts, according to the sheriff’s department. Williams and Green were both arrested on charges of attempted grand theft by fraud. Green is in custody without bail for parole violation, according to the sheriff’s department, and Williams was released on $10,000 bail. Sheriff’s investigators believe these men may have scammed other victims. Anyone with information on the investigation should call Detective Kristin Anderson at (408) 808-4500, or use the anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431.
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