Alleged Internet scammer case to be reviewed by judge

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Judge Mary Lynne James Wednesday will review the case of an Oklahoma man charged in an alleged $45,500 Internet car fraud scheme.

Shane McClure, a 25-year-old Durant, Okla., man who is free on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond, is scheduled for a hearing before James' court via telephone conference.

McClure turned himself in to Moffat County authorities March 25 after James issued a warrant for his arrest Feb. 6.

The District Attorney's office has charged McClure with theft of more than $500 but less than $15,000, and computer crime to defraud, which are both class-four felonies. If he is found guilty, McClure could serve between one and 16 years in state prison.

McClure is alleged to have contracted with three people -- including one Craig man -- to build a 1941 Willys Coupe automobile. But, according to court documents, he did not deliver on any of the deals.

All purported victims placed bids for an identical car McClure offered in an online auction last August at eBay Motors' Web site but did not win the car.

The Craig man named as a victim of the scam approached and contracted with McClure to build a Willys Coupe for $17,500. McClure requested half of that money up front, court documents show.

A contract was mailed to Oklahoma Sept. 3 along with the Craig man's $8,500 personal check.

McClure stopped returning the man's messages after October, and McClure allegedly told a private investigator that he couldn't account for how the money was spent on the cars, court documents state.

The three people lost an estimated $45,500 in cash, vehicle trades and parts.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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