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South Florida businessman charged with fraud

Marine businessman Christopher Coomes, whom authorities say was on the run since last August, was arrested last week on charges that he defrauded three South Florida residents out of nearly $90,000 for equipment that was never delivered and repair work that was never carried out.

Coomes was booked in Florida's Collier County jail and charged with two felony counts of scheming to defraud, according to a report in the Naples News.

Coomes, owner of Florida Yacht Detailing, allegedly received tens of thousands of dollars for engines, trailers and other equipment that the victims never received. One of the victims paid Coomes more than $30,000 to restore a boat that was damaged in Hurricane Katrina, the newspaper reports.

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