NEWTOWN \u2014 A Connecticut man was able to sell a lakefront property he didn\u2019t own to an unsuspecting buyer because his name was strikingly similar to the rightful owner\u2019s, investigators said in an arrest warrant. In a court filing, Newtown police allege that Edwin Robert Lewis III sold the Bankside Trail property in July 2021 to a Southbury resident for $65,000. The property was appraised at close to $260,000, according to town records referenced in the filing. Last week, Lewis, 61, was charged with second-degree money laundering, first-degree identity theft, first-degree larceny, criminal impersonation and second-degree forgery, Newtown police said. Reached by phone Thursday, Lewis referred questions to his attorney. The Willington man\u2019s attorney, Christopher Cerami, said Lewis plans to plead not guilty to the charges and \u201cwe intend to present evidence in the appropriate forum to confirm his not guilty plea.\u201d Newtown investigators were alerted to the alleged fraudulent sale on Aug. 24, 2021, when the legitimate owner of the property reported a \u201cpotential identity theft,\u201d according to the warrant for Lewis\u2019 arrest. The owner, a man in his 60s who lives in Massachusetts, told police the lakeside property was an \u201cinvestment\u201d containing a home that was uninhabitable. The owner said he considered selling the property in the past, but never listed or offered it for sale, the warrant stated. However, the owner told police he heard from neighbors in Newtown that a man had been visiting the property and introducing himself as the new owner, the warrant stated. An attorney for the property owner who represented him in a civil proceeding over the sale could not immediately be reached for comment. Land records showed the property had been sold in July 2021 to a Southbury man for $65,000, the warrant stated. The Southbury man in his 30s, told investigators he was an entrepreneur who wanted to purchase land on Lake Zoar, according to the warrant. He told police he found the Bankside Trail home that appeared vacant and abandoned, and talked to neighbors who told him the owner considered selling the property, but it was not on the market, the warrant stated. The buyer told police he contacted a real estate agent, who gave him paperwork that listed \u201cseveral telephone numbers\u201d for the owner of the Bankside Trail home, the warrant stated. The buyer called the first number listed, which was for Lewis, and said he was looking to purchase the property, the warrant stated. Lewis identified himself as the property\u2019s owner and agreed to sell it for $65,000, the warrant stated. The property\u2019s actual appraised value, according to Newtown land records, was $258,537, the warrant stated. Police believe Lewis obtained a notarized deed from a bank in South Windsor on July 21, 2021, according to the warrant. \u201cIt is believed that since the fraudulent seller ... and actual property owner ... have such similar names, the notary believed\u201d Lewis was the person listed on the property deed, the warrant stated. A sale and wire transfer for the property was completed on July 27, 2021, the warrant stated. The owner of the property filed a lawsuit against Lewis and the buyer in state Superior Court, requesting a judge to issue decrees naming him the rightful property owner and the buyer\u2019s claim to the property null and void. He also asked for unspecified damages. The owner later removed the buyer from the suit. The court also issued a default judgment against Lewis on April 14 for failure to appear, civil court filings show. Police allege that the more than $62,000 Lewis received from the sale was funneled through an intermediary account controlled by another person before he deposited the proceeds under a different final amount in his personal bank account, according to the warrant. That was done \u201cto obfuscate the source of the fraudulent proceeds,\u201d the warrant stated. Lewis was released on $150,000 bond. He\u2019s due to appear in court on Aug. 11. Correction: This story has been updated to reflect the sale and wire transfer for the property was completed on July 27, 2021.