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Sirens & Gavels schemes archive

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, 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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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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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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THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2011

Valley woman, 84, scammed of $1,500

An elderly Spokane Valley woman lost nearly $1,500 this year to a con man who claimed she'd won a new car. The Spokane Valley Police Department is reminding people to talk with their elderly parents about phone, mail and email scams after the 84-year-old woman's...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2011

Con artist sought fake support letters 

A former Washington legislative candidate and convicted conman will spend five years in prison for scheme that bilked a Coeur d’Alene woman out of her high-end riverside home and drew the wrath of a federal judge. “I think the bottom line in all reality is...

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

Scheme promised to harness lightning

A Spokane man who claimed to have invented a computer chip that could capture energy from lightning strikes is set to ask for his relese from jail today on federal charges that he defrauded investors of more than $2.5 million. Robert B. Hiatt, 65, presented...

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MONDAY, FEB. 7, 2011

Convicted bank swindler John Earl Petersen is pictured in 1997. (Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review)

Bank swindler faces new fraud charges

A convicted bank swindler who boldly walked out of a federal courtroom in Spokane three years ago to avoid arrest is back in jail, accused of another scheme. John Earl Petersen, the key figure in the collapse of a Montana bank more than a decade...

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