Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 19, 2012

Va. judge dismisses fraud charge against W.Va. man

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a fraud charge against a West Virginia man accused of scamming an elderly Blacksburg woman.

Thirty-seven-year-old Shane Allen McCoy was charged with attempting to obtain money under false pretenses. He was accused of coercing an elderly Blacksburg woman to pay for tree services that she initially refused.

The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/T7glAl ) reports that Micajahala Spradlin-Harvey testified Tuesday that McCoy represented himself as an Appalachian Power employee. McCoy denied the allegation and testified that he gave Spradlin-Harvey a piece of paper with his name and contact information on it.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Bobby Turk said he couldn't convict McCoy because there was reasonable doubt that he represented himself as an Appalachian Power employee.

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