Cameron jailed for Craigslist scam

Staff Report

March 18, 2014

GREENVILLE - A Lancaster man is jailed in Darke County on a $30,000 bond after being charged for theft-related criminal conduct on the popular classified advertising website Craigslist.

William S. Cameron was indicted by a Darke County Grand Jury on one count each of Telecommunications Fraud, a felony of the third degree; and Grand Theft, a fourth degree felony. He appeared for an arraignment by video in the Darke County Common Pleas Court Tuesday afternoon.

The 55-year-old Cameron is accused of defrauding more than 30 victims in 10 different states out of more than $10,000.

According to the indictment, Cameron used Craigslist to identify and target individuals who wanted to buy items such as sports tickets, auto parts, or farm equipment. Cameron allegedly claimed that he had the desired items and told victims to quickly send payment using a wire transfer service but he never delivered the items in return.

Special Assistant Prosecutor from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Ryan Stubenrauch is handling each of the cases within the state. Cameron is alleged to also have committed offenses in several other states, as far west as California.

Attorney General DeWine created the Economic Crimes Unit in March 2011 to identify criminal conduct in consumer fraud cases and to assist Ohio’s prosecuting attorneys in holding scammers criminally accountable. To date, 83 people have been charged with felonies as a result of the unit’s investigations.

Greenville defense attorney Randall E. Breaden was selected to represent Cameron who is scheduled for pre-trial April 10 at 11 a.m. He faces a maximum sentence of 54 months in prison and a $15,000 fine if convicted as charged.

Consumers who believe they have been treated unfairly should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.