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Man who claimed he was scammed by FBI arrested

Updated: March 27, 2013 6:19AM

SOUTH ELGIN — A man who told police that two people posing as FBI agents came to his house and checked his computer — leading police to warn residents of possible scammers — has now been charged with making a false report, officials said, after learning the bureau is in fact investigating the man.

L. John Toth, 51, of the 0-100 block of Ivy Court, South Elgin, was charged with the felony count, according to village police. Toth turned himself in on an arrest warrant Monday.

On Feb. 15, the South Elgin Police Department released a community alert after Toth reported two people claiming to be FBI agents came into his home and looked into his computer. Toth told police he suspected the two were trying to scam him.

South Elgin police later confirmed with the FBI’s Chicago office that two agents were, indeed, at Toth’s residence investigating child pornography.

“The alleged offender failed to notify the police that he actually knew that the two subjects were actual agents and failed to notify police of specific incidences with the reason the agents were there,” said a statement from South Elgin police.

Toth posted $1,000 bond on the false report charge and was given a court date of March 7 court date at the Kane County Judicial Center,

A second report, however, of a man seeking donations for retired South Elgin police officers seems to be true, officials said.

The South Elgin Police Department does not solicit funds for active or retired police officers, said Sgt. Mike Doty in a prepared release.

“If there is any question of an individual posing as a peace officer, please contact 911 immediately, to request that a patrol officer be dispatched to your location for verification of the individual(s),” the release stated.

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