CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — A man has been arrested after a woman said she was defrauded by a man who claimed to be a Broncos player, the Castle Rock Police Department said Wednesday.
Police were alerted in mid-October by a Castle Rock woman who said she was defrauded of a large amount of money. The main claimed to be Broncos player Dante Sir Foster.
Police were led to 49-year-old James Turner of Highlands Ranch. He has no affiliation with the Broncos or the NFL, police said.
“To get over $100,000 from a victim, he’s definitely crafty in what he’s doing,” said Castle Rock Police Officer Joe Cybert.
Turner was arrested in October in connection with an unrelated sexual assault in Arapahoe County.
An investigation by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office led to several women coming forward to say Turner indicated he played for the Broncos. One woman who shared her story with FOX31 said Turner approached her at a gas station.
“He was sitting in his nice car, was very well dressed and he asked, do you know who I am? I said no, I have no idea. He said I play for the Broncos. I said oh that’s cool and then he asked if I wanted to come over and meet him and if I could give him my phone number,” Anny Cristofano said.
FOX31 found multiple websites with fake articles that said Turner was a former Minnesota Viking. His fictitious name is very close to “Donte Foster” an actual wide receiver who signed with the Vikings as a free agent in 2014.
We stopped by Turner’s Highlands Ranch home on Wednesday, looking to get his side of the story, but no one answered.
Police are concerned he may have manipulated more women.
“He’s claiming to be someone that he’s not – and is proceeding on with criminal activity and the potential for victims could be far more than we could ever anticipate,” Officer Cybert said.
Castle Rock police obtained an arrest warrant on Thursday for Turner, recommending he be charged with theft, forgery, identity theft and criminal impersonation.
Turner was arrested Friday without incident, booked into the Douglas County Jail and released on bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
Anyone with information or other unreported crimes related to Turner is asked to call police at 720-733-3517.