BEND, OR - A relatively easy internet purchase of fake gold bars supplied a local high school teen with the means to con a handful of adults in Oregon and Washington through a scheme that brought him about $60,000 in cash and assets.

Robert Yelas Jr., 17, was arrested March 21 after the Bend Police Department caught on to the gold bar scam he had allegedly been running since the summer of 2016 with the help of a 17-year-old friend, Caleb Knight, who was also arrested. Court documents detail the intricacies of the scam and how Yelas — the alleged teenage brains behind the operation — tried to cover his trail.

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