Man Arrested in Plano in $120,000 Seattle-Area Copper Scam

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    Scrap copper.

    Two men are accused of posing as Cherokee Nation charity workers in war bonnets as part of a scam to steal copper from Seattle City Light are now in custody.

    The seattlepi.com reports Michael "Chief Little Bear" George was arrested last Friday in Farmington, Connecticut, and Jim "Joe Wolf" Costa was arrested Monday in the Plano area.

    The men are charged with theft and trafficking in stolen property.

    King County prosecutors say the men persuaded City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco in December to donate a small amount of scrap wire for a charity to help Cherokee children.

    The men were told they could take 100 pounds of wire from a storage lot. The next day they showed up with two trucks and took 42,500 pounds of wire valued at $120,000.