Man charged for running gift card scam on 5-year-old girl

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A Detroit, Michigan man has been charged with running a gift card scam on a 5-year-old girl.

Prosecutors say Otis Lee Josey was pretending to be a radio station employee when he told the child and her mother that he was authorized to give restaurant gift cards in exchange for donations to a charity benefiting a children’s hospital.

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Schuette says Josey accepted $5 from the girl in exchange for a $20 gift card to Chuck E. Cheese’s. The attorney general says the card was a fake. The 54-year-old Josey was arrested Monday by Wayne State University police.

He was arraigned Tuesday in Detroit District Court on a misdemeanor charge of false pretenses, less than $200. His bail was set at $5,000.

If bond is posted, he must wear an electronic tether. His next court date is June 29.