Fake inspector fleeces Worth Ave. businesses

SSN Staff  - 
Saturday, April 1, 2006

PALM BEACH, Fla.--A phony fire inspector succeeded in separating several Worth Avenue business owners from some pocket change by performing bogus fire inspections, the Palm Beach Daily News reported.
Palm Beach Fire-Rescue Chief Ed Moran said at least five business owners on this swanky boulevard complained that a man "collected $50 in cash after checking exit lights, looking at fire extinguisher tags and telling merchants to clean up trash at their establishments."
The individual was reportedly wearing tan pants, a T-shirt and a hat. Moran said town fire inspectors wear uniforms with a badge and carry an identification card.
The town does charge fees for the state-mandated fire inspections, but invoices are sent by mail. Inspectors do not issue bills or accept any type of payment.