Prosecutor seeks habitual offender status for man convicted of theft in four counties

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BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - An Indiana man has been arrested again, accused of trying the same scam that keeps getting him in trouble.

Police say James Bay sells televisions, promising people he'll use the money to help disabled veterans at the Speedway.

Officers tell our partners at the Lebanon Reporter that he recently got caught trying to rip off restaurant owners in Jamestown and Lizton.

When police caught up with him, he claimed he'd been raising money for the "legion by the track" for 15 years but could not give details about the organization.

Turns out, according to authorities, he's pretty well known for this. We reported on his arrest back in 2013 after he used the same alleged scam in Mooresville..

And he's been previously convicted of theft in connection to similar cases in Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby Counties.

That's why the Boone County prosecutor's office wants to treat Bay as a habitual offender, which would mean a stricter punishment If he's convicted on these new charges.

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