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10/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
Fake Craigslist sale leads to arrest of Golden Valley man
Couple thought they were purchasing property
John David Seiberling
John David Seiberling
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

GOLDEN VALLEY - Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested an alleged scam artist who used the Internet site Craigslist to sell a home he had no right to sell.

John David Seiberling, 35, of Golden Valley, was arrested Sunday on felony charges related to fraud and theft following an investigation.

A 58-year-old woman told deputies on Oct. 14 that she and her husband leased-to-own a house in Golden Valley that was listed on Craigslist. They live out of state and agreed to the deal after relatives in Golden Valley took a look at the property.

The seller, allegedly Seiberling, told the couple he needed $3,000 down and lease payments would be $300 a month.

They accepted, say deputies, and provided Seiberling with a cashier's check for $3,000.

They knew there was a problem when they arrived in Golden Valley to take possession of the home. The keys didn't work and their repeated attempts to contact Seiberling failed.

The woman contacted the owner who was named on the lease agreement. The homeowner reportedly said Seiberling was the current renter of the house and that he did not have permission to change the agreement or sell the home.

After several attempts to apprehend Seiberling, deputies took him into custody at about 5:15 p.m. - at the residence he reportedly rented to the out-of-state couple. He was loading a U-Haul trailer.

Deputies said Seiberling admitted to posting the online advertisement to sell the house and that he mentioned selling the house to the owner "a few months ago," but they said he also acknowledged he never told the owner that he sold the house.

He was taken into custody without incident and charged with fraudulent schemes/artifices and theft.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: KDM online reader

Another reason to avoid doing business on Craig's List for anything, which has always had a bad reputation for fraud and even worse crimes!

I don't understand why Craig's List has not been shut down!

And remember that suspicious ad that appeared on Craig's List a while back about a dog that was stolen from a car in Kingman?! That ad was just plain evil deception.

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: Desert Angel

Does the victim and her family get to stay in the house? Are they going to try and work out a deal with the home-owner? Where is the rest of this story?
All anyone knows is that someone got caught doing no good. What happened to the woman who owns the property? Where are the victims now?

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Murray

Fraud happens in this county so much. A woman not to long ago committed over 133 counts of fraud in this county. Because there were so many counts and the court could not afford the trial she was slapped on the wrist with ten years probation. She goes around telling people she got away with murder. Some of the things that come out of her mouth were disgusting to hear. She belongs behind bars. These people ruin other peoples lives and have no conscience about it. This guy wont get in much trouble, he only got caught!

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: Not shocking at all

I don't see this surprising anyone, the schemes these types come up with continually have become run of the mill. Sounds like they got this one right before the U- haul was ready to roll on to his next caper or fraudulent act.

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: R .

"The woman contacted the owner who was named on the lease agreement. The woman, 30, reportedly said Seiberling was the current renter of the house and that he did not have permission to change the agreement or sell her home."

The woman? Which woman? The owner? The renter? If there are two women here then it's best to specify who's who rather than calling all of them "the woman."

(Editor's note: Thank you. We made a change to clarify that the second reference was the homeowner.)

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