Monday Jul 02 2012
Craigslist scam being tied to Meadow Vista man widening
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Canada, New York residents claim William Lordier bilked them out of cash
AUBURN CA - The extent of a Meadow Vista man?s alleged Craigslist time-share scam is widening, Placer County Sheriff?s investigators say. William Lordier was arrested on fraud charges in June after an investigation in Placer County assisted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff?s Office. Lordier, 54, was taken into custody at his Meadow Vista home accused of scamming victims out of thousands of dollars in a phony time-share scheme. Authorities said that victims were tricked into turning over bank-account information and money was taken from their account. By June 21, detectives had arrested Lordier on fraud charges and located people in Los Angeles, Nevada County, Oregon and Washington state who said they had been taken after thinking they were making a deal for a time-share. Dena Erwin, Placer sheriff?s spokeswoman, said detectives have requested anyone else who believes they have been a victim of fraud in the case to come forward. Over the past dozen days, more complaints have been fielded from Canada and New York, she said. A former real estate agent, Lordier was purported by investigators to be indicating falsely on Craigslist that he was selling timeshares. The total in lost money has risen to about $40,000, Erwin said. Anyone who thinks they may have been duped by the Craigslist scam is being asked to contact Detective Jason Doolittle at (530) 889-7844.