Suspect in Internet scam a no-show in Moffat County

A man who allegedly ran a $45,550 Internet automobile scam surrendered to Oklahoma authorities last week and was released under conditions he show up in Moffat County.

But as of this morning, Shane McClure, 24, of Durant, Okla., had not appeared.

"We're contacting the Bryan County (Oklahoma) Sheriff's Department to see if they can pick him up," said K.C. Hume, chief investigator with the Moffat County Sheriff's Department.

McClure -- who faces local charges of felony theft between $500 and $15,000 and felony computer crime to defraud -- was released March 5 on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond in Durant and ordered to surrender to the Moffat County Sheriff's Department within five days, according to Hume.

Oklahoma authorities were unable to confirm McClure's release, a bond or its conditions.

Greg Pollock, assistant chief with the Durant Police Department, said McClure turned himself in March 4.

A warrant for McClure's arrest was issued Feb. 6 after an investigation by the sheriff's department. The probe found three alleged victims -- including one Craig man -- who had contracted with McClure for the construction of a 1941 Willys Coupe, which was advertised during an August online auction at eBay Motors' web site.

The three men lost a combined $45,550 in cash, vehicle trades and parts in the alleged scam in which investigators say McClure mailed out contracts, asked for half the cost up front, but didn't work on the cars.

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

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