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Police: Suspect Charged With Stealing From Maryland Man With Autism

Police say they have caught the man who gained the trust of a Maryland man with autism and scammed him out of $600. 

Kim Dashawn Prophet, 24, was charged with numerous counts of fraud, among other charges, Montgomery County police said Wednesday. 

Prophet is accused of stealing from 22-year-old Jordan Potts, who worked in a Safeway grocery store and made about $100 per week. After the crime, Potts' mother, Ruby Potts, addressed the scammer police were working to catch.

"It is wrong, it's evil, it's sinful, and you really need to repent and seek to make some sort of recompense if you want to have a life that you're proud of," she said. 

Police say Prophet gained Potts' trust over a period of time and then asked to see his bank account information and ATM card. Police say Prophet then stole Potts' ATM card.

Police said Prophet entered a Navy Federal Credit Union location in North Bethesda on Aug. 11 pretending to be Potts. He deposited a counterfeit check with a forged signature into Potts' account. Prophet then used Potts' ATM card and withdrew $600, police said. 

Police released surveillance photos of the suspect and received about a dozen tips from the public. Those tips led investigators to Prophet.

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He was in jail in Arlington County on unrelated charges. 

Navy Federal Credit Union previously said they would "help make things right" and cover the $600 overdraft to Potts' account.

Potts' mother previously said her entire family would move out of the state.

"We have moved Jordan to another state, for his safety," she said. "We're moving just because we realize he's vulnerable and it's a larger population here, and there's a larger chance of something happening."

News4 previously reported that two men stole from Potts. It was not immediately clear if a second man was still sought.

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