Last Thursday, March 14, Warren police put out an arrest warrant for Olusegun O. Osho, 55, of North Smithfield, had him picked up by North Smithfield police, and charged him with felony obtaining money under false pretenses.
The arrest came after the victim called Warren police to report having many problems with Mr. Osho following the purchase of her car last August through the online classifieds site Craigslist.
The woman told police that the engine blew nine days after she bought the car. When she took it to a mechanic, she was told that whoever sold her the car tried to conceal problems with the engine in order to sell it. The woman contacted Mr. Osho several times over the next several months in an attempt to get a refund or some help, but police said he never came through on promises to make the sale right. Though police do not often get involved in private sales disputes, Warren Police Lt. Roy Borges said this case was different, in that Mr. Osho acted dishonestly and allegedly did not make attempts to correct the situation.
“He said he was going to make good on it, but he never did,” Lt. Borges said. “We think he was not being genuine about it.”
This is not Mr. Osho’s first arrest on fraud or similar charges. Lincoln, Cranston and Providence police have all charged him with writing fraudulent checks, and the State Police charged him in 2010 with obtaining money under false pretenses and unlawful appropriation. At the time of his arrest, he was on probation for an earlier charge.