Car fraud case sent to district court

The case of an Oklahoma man charged in an alleged Internet car fraud scheme was bound over Wednesday to Moffat County District Court.

Shane McClure, 25, who called into Judge Mary Lynne James' courtroom Wednesday for a hearing via telephone conference, was ordered to return to Colorado June 2 for arraignment before Judge Michael O'Hara.

McClure told James he had yet to retain an attorney in the case, while the judge indicated he likely wouldn't meet income requirements for a public defender.

James eventually offered to fax McClure copies of local Yellow pages listing local attorneys.

The Durant, Okla., man is free on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

McClure is charged with theft of more than $500 but less than $15,000, and computer crime to defraud -- both class-four

felonies.

He allegedly contracted with three people -- including one Craig man -- to build a 1941 Willys Coupe automobile but did not deliver on any of the deals, according to court documents.

All three people placed bids to buy an identical car offered by McClure in an online auction last August at eBay Motors' Web site.

The Craig man named as a

victim of the scam approached and contracted with McClure to build a Willys Coupe for $17,500 -- requesting half of that money up front.

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

Three people lost an estimated $45,500 in cash, vehicle trades and parts, according to court documents.

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

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