NEW YORK, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A scam artist has sent bogus cleaning bills to pricey New York eateries claiming a waiter spilled coffee on his suit and silk shirt and tie, officials say.
No one has admitted paying up, the New York Post reported. Postal inspectors are now investigating.
The itemized bill for $38.50 comes from a Manhattan dry cleaner but James Maffia, the man sending it, appears not to exist in Manhattan and his address is a rented mail box at a UPS store in the East Village, the newspaper said.
Giuseppe Bruno, owner of Sistina on Second Avenue and 81st Street, said he came close to sending a check. But he happened to talk to his brother, Cosmo, who owns Caravaggio on 74th and Madison and discovered he had received an identical bill.
Frank Becer of M.B. Fashion Valet said he has received quite a few calls from restaurant owners about the bill.
"I keep telling them, 'Don't pay! It's a scam!' " Becer told the Post.