A California man has been charged with posting thousands of fake ads on Craigslist, which he claimed were offering free rides to homeless people.
Police in Los Angeles charged James G. Martin with one count of solicitation for the purpose of solicitation of prostitution, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
The Craigslist ads, which had a total of 4,800 ads, were posted from December 2010 to April 2011.
The Craigslist ads are part of an online marketing scam, according to court documents, which said Martin posted the ads in an attempt to entice homeless people to meet at his home for free rides.
Police also said the ads were “misleading.”
Martin is scheduled to appear in court Monday.