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Alleged con man taken to Hawaii

John Colson

An alleged con man from New Jersey, who has been in the Pitkin County Jail for the past month, is scheduled to leave on a trip to Hawaii today.But it won’t exactly be a vacation for Michael J. Burns, who is being taken back by the Honolulu Police Department to face charges that he violated the terms of his parole from a Hawaiian prison.Burns, 42, was arrested on Oct. 19 while walking along a street in downtown Aspen, according to Aspen Police Detective Jim Crowley.Crowley said he had been alerted by several Aspen residents, described as wealthy investors, to an alleged scam that they believed Burns was attempting. According to Crowley, Burns allegedly claimed to have significant financial resources behind him and was trying to get in on an investment deal the Aspen group was working on.Crowley said the group became suspicious and contacted the Aspen Police. When Crowley checked on Burns’ criminal history, he said he discovered the warrant for his arrest.According to an article in the Business Journal of Honolulu, Burns is under investigation by federal authorities for fraud over his efforts to obtain title to a house in the Black Point area of Hawaii.The article reports that Burns claimed to have a personal net worth of $10 million and to hold $2 million worth of stock in the Monster Software Inc. firm, as well as another $2 million in AT&T stock.A lawsuit filed by a Honolulu resident claims that Burns tried to use the purported stock portfolio to buy the resident’s $2 million home, and that all Burns’ claims are untrue.According to Crowley, Burns was imprisoned for the house-buying scam and released for a “work furlough,” during which he allegedly pulled another scam involving a connection with Monster Software and fled to avoid prosecution.


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