The owner of a now-closed Portsmouth restaurant has now been arrested after a police investigation into fraudulent credit card charges. Brian Pearson allegedly charged customers without their authorization between August 27, 2010, and May 26, 2011. While the actual amount of the charges was fairly small, the overall total was more than two thousand dollars.
Police have released information that indicates many of the charges weren’t made until after the restaurant actually closed, and 37 former patrons have reported fraudulent activity related to the restaurant.
Pearson was initially arrested on October 3 and charged with a felony. He was released on $5,000 bail and is due back in court at the beginning of November.
Police have asked for those with information in the case to step forward and call the crime stoppers hotline, as there is a $1000 reward if the information leads to an arrest in the case.