updated 9/12/2005 2:41:40 PM ET 2005-09-12T18:41:40

Nicolas Cerino could have reached out and touched one of “America’s Most Wanted.”

He was watching the Fox program in his Waterloo, New York, home Saturday night, with his brother sitting next to him — when his brother was named as one of America’s most-wanted fugitives.

The show’s host, John Walsh, identified Mark Cerino as a contractor being sought in Florida for allegedly scamming elderly residents out of their money following last year’s hurricanes.
Nicholas Cerino says he was “just dumbfounded.”

Within hours of the show’s airing, Mark Cerino was in custody. Several people called the show’s tip line to report that he was at his brother’s home in the Finger Lakes region.

Authorities say he’s wanted in Brevard County, Florida on charges of contracting without a license during a state emergency.

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