Wanted con man living on Folly captured again

Douglas Martin. (Source: Cashbond)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV/AP) - A convicted con man who police say has been living at Folly Beach to escape fraud charges in Indiana was arrested Wednesday.

Douglas Martin, 63, was charged with four counts of fraud in Indiana for allegedly writing back checks.{}Records show he was also convicted of bank fraud in 2010 in Indiana.

Martin was released on bail in January 2011 but fled to Folly Beach before he could be prosecuted. Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Jim Brady says Martin was arrested Nov. 7, but that warrant was dropped after Martin had medical issues and was found to be unfit to travel to Indiana.

"On Nov. 11, Mr. Martin was transported to the hospital for medical concerns," Brady said. "Three hours later he was released back to the detention center. As I understand it, Allen County sent an extradition team to take Martin back to Indiana. He did not meet their requirements in order to be extradited back."

Indiana officials said Martin may have been feigning illness, and they've reinstituted the warrant.

Folly Beach Department of Public Safety Chief Dennis Brown said detectives have been working closely with Indiana officials and arrested Martin at his Folly Beach residence.

Folly Beach Public Safety has had a couple encounters with Martin, including this past Sunday when they responded to a break in at his home. Last August, Martin was pulled over for driving with suspended licenses and without insurance. The following month, a woman reported that she had received "sexually explicit" phone calls from Martin, according to a police report. She chose to not press charges.

According to CCSO Major James Brady, Martin has waived extradition and Allen County has been advised he is ready for pickup.