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Sirens & Gavels fraud archive

THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2015

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

Stiltner receives 7-month sentence

The woman who lived with jailed Spokane developer Greg Jeffreys and was implicated in his schemes to defraud real estate investors was sentenced to seven months in prison last week after pleading guilty to concealing plots through ignorance and conspiracy. Shannon Stiltner was also ordered...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 17, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012

TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2012

Convicted conman pleads guilty to fraud 

A conman who went to prison for duping people out of $124,000 for a fraudulent cattle farm investment is likely headed back here after pleading guilty to a similar scheme in North Idaho. James Andrew Harris, 44, pleaded guilty to wire fraud Monday and faces...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

Feds seek Ariz. property in Ridpath probe

Federal investigators are attempting to seize an Arizona property owned by Spokane real estate investors as part of a broader probe into alleged fraud by the couple, who are tangled in the complicated ownership of the former Ridpath Hotel complex. FBI agent Lisa Jangaard filed...

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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

N. Idaho check theft suspects arrested

A 28-year-old man and a 17-year-old runaway linked by police to check thefts in Coeur d'Alene are in custody. Michael Graham Wilkins and Lacey Lynn Fugate were arrested at the Lake Drive Motel, 316 E. Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, Friday about 6:30 p.m. after detectives...

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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

Spokane man convicted of $700k fraud

A federal jury convicted a Spokane man of 20 felonies Thursday for a scheme that cost a Coeur d'Alene woman her high-end riverside home. Samuel Thomas Geren Jones, 31, faces up to 20 years in prison for each of 19 wire fraud counts when he's...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Alleged mail thieves jailed without bail 

A federal prosecutor said she's "appalled" by the number of people who had their mail stolen in in a suspected regional theft ring and may seek aggravating circumstances against four suspects. "This is an ongoing, every day thing," Assistant U.S. Attorney Pam Byerly said. "This...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

Heaps of stolen mail found in Spokane 

About 1,000 pieces of mail stolen from hundreds of people in Eastern Washington and North Idaho were recovered in Spokane on Monday. Police had been investigating the thefts since a woman reported seeing a white car with two men and two women stealing from mailboxes...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

Duo arrested for mall-related crimes

A woman and man arrested at the Spokane Valley Mall with stolen credit cards led to an investigation into a series of property crimes. Tabitha Dawn Creel, 30, and John Andrew Howard, 29, are accused of buying gift cards with stolen credit cards, then trying...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012

AG's office warns of magazine scam

Here's a news release from Deputy Craig Chamberlin, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office: On Monday, June 4th, 2012, the Liberty Lake Police Department Contacted a magazine company called Strickly Business 1. The company was attempting to sell magazine subscriptions door to door without...

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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

'Secret Shopper' loses $1,000 in fraud 

Authorities are reminding people to be cautious when responding to purported "Secret Shopper" and other offers through email or phone after a Spokane Valley woman lost nearly $1,000. The woman told a sheriff's deputy on Monday that she responded to an email asking if she...

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

Women arrested in Oxycodone fraud

Two women are accused of trying to obtain the powerful prescription painkiller Oxycodone through fraudulent prescriptions Sunday night at a Spokane Valley pharmacy. Police were called about 6 p.m. after a pharmacist at a store in the 13400 block of East Sprague Avenue realizing a...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

2 arrested on drug fraud charges in Valley

Two suspected prescription drug forgers were arrested Monday night after a chase with police in Spokane Valley. Employees at a pharmacy in the 15700 block of East Broadway Avenue told police about 8:45 p.m. Monday that a woman attempted to fill an Oxycodone prescription written...

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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

Phone scam targets Spokane businesses 

Spokane businesses are being targeted for cash in a scheme that involves someone posing as a jailer to collect bail bond money for a supposedly arrested employee. At least three businesses today reported phone calls from a man claiming to be a sheriff's corrections deputy...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

Con man stole $2.25M from investors

A Spokane con man had such a good sales pitch that he convinced a physician and a lawyer to take part in his get-rich quick schemes. In the end, some 10 investors lost more than $2.25 million they threw at his false promises. Robert B....

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012

20-year conman headed to prison

A Spokane man convicted of stealing money from a homeless woman who gave him her savings to rent a home is headed to prison. But it wasn't the theft that earned Unters "Chuck" Love, 58, a 27-month sentence, it was a bail jumping charge he...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

Rogue lumber employee guilty in fraud

An unauthorized sales agreement between a rogue North Idaho lumber employee and a Spokane company has led to a felony conviction in federal court. Trevor Mokry, 32, received about $581,000 from The Pallet Place for lumber he sold them from Stimson Lumber Company in Plummer,...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Woman arrested on 109 felonies released 

A Spokane County health care employee accused of stealing money from a 79-year-old woman was released from jail today after appearing in court on 109 felony charges. Deanna M. Purser, 50, was arrested Wednesday after a sheriff's investigation alleged she'd been making unauthorized purchases and...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

Health care worker arrested for theft

A Spokane County home health care employee is accused of stealing money from a 79-year-old woman she'd cared for since 2003. Deanna M. Purser, 50, was arrested today after a lengthy investigation by Spokane County sheriff's Detective Tamie Spitzer alleged she'd been making unauthorized purchases...

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Cops warn of South Hill magazine fraud

Authorities are warning of a a young man on the South Hill who's scamming residents out of money by selling fraudulent magazine subscriptions. A resident reported to Crime Check Monday that a 17- to 18-year-old boy came to her home on Friday and said he...

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Man pleads guilty in bank fraud case

An Arizona man who helped a North Idaho woman commit bank fraud has pleaded guilty. Charles Earl Baker, 32, faces up to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of probation when he's sentenced June 19 in U.S. District Court in Coeru...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012

'Grandparents scam' costs man $20k 

Authorities are again warning of the "grandparents scam" after a north Spokane County man wired nearly $20,000 to Peru. The man said he received a call about 10 a.m. Tuesday from a man he thought was his grandson. The caller said he needed $2,400 to...

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