Man with history of scams at airports arrested in Michigan

This photo provided by Wayne County Airport Authority Police Department in Romulus, Mich., shows H. Michael Borovetz. Authorities say Borovetz, who has a history of scamming people at airports around the country is now accused of trying to get money from travelers in Michigan. Officers arrested Borovetz on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus after getting a tip he'd have a flight layover at the airport. Airport officials say they'd been on the lookout for him since 2015.

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ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man who has a history of scamming people at airports around the country is now accused of trying to get money from travelers in Michigan.

The Wayne County Airport Authority says officers arrested 44-year-old H. Michael Borovetz on Saturday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus after getting a tip he'd have a flight layover at the airport. Airport officials say they'd been on the lookout for him since 2015.

Borovetz, whose address is listed in Pittsburgh, pleaded not guilty this week to misdemeanor charges of false pretenses and is jailed. Court records on Wednesday don't list a lawyer for him.

The airport says Borovetz, who has played poker professionally, would approach passengers with a sad story in an attempt to get money.

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