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Bunker Hill man arrested, charged with fraud

July 27, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Bunker Hill man arrested, charged with fraud



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man collected thousands of dollars from three customers who hired him to build metal structures, then did poor work or none at all, police alleged.

Stephen E. Shipman, 44, of Route 1, Box 116, was charged with a single felony count of fraudulent scheming.

American Buildings Company of Eufaula, Ala., the company from which Shipman was buying the materials, filed a civil suit against Shipman in Berkeley County Circuit Court last week. The company alleges Shipman owes $53,493.48.

Corporal Dan McGown of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said Shipman was hired in 1999 and 2000 to construct the buildings.

Butler Farms in Inwood, W.Va., paid him almost $14,000 to build a metal hunting lodge, according to allegations in a criminal complaint. The work wasn't finished, and the farm owners found other people to work on it, the complaint alleged.

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Steve Munson of Martinsburg contracted with him for a metal hangar, but some of the work was incorrect and had to be redone by other people, the complaint alleged. There is no mention of what Munson paid.

William Riggleman of Inwood hired him to erect a horse barn, but the work was never done, the complaint said.

Shipman allegedly sent American Buildings a $23,895.44 check to cover the Butler Farms and Munson projects but the account had insufficient funds, according to allegations in the complaint.

A warrant for Shipman's arrest was issued on July 15. McGown said that Shipman went to the sheriff's department's station Thursday to ask about the situation and was arrested.

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