A Baton Rouge man who collected about $3,000 through a phone scam in which he posed as Collis Temple was arrested Sunday, authorities said.
Calvin Bethley, 59, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of felony theft, attempted felony theft and identity theft, according to Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman. Cpl. L’Jean McKneely.
Bethley posed on the phone as Collis Temple, the first black basketball player at LSU who has been a businessman in Baton Rouge for years, and asked people for money, police said. He managed to collect about $3,000, McKneely said.
McKneely said at least three or four people have told police they were scammed by Bethley, and “there’s no telling how many others there are who didn’t come forward.”
A local minister who said he had been scammed alerted police of Bethley’s operation, McKneely said.
Police apprehended Bethley on Friday, and during questioning, he complained of chest pains. He was taken to a hospital and booked into prison upon his release, McKneely said.