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Thursday, February 2, 2017

J.G. Spooner Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Theft Charges

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 12:53 PM

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Update: Former 92.3 The Fan producer J.G. Spooner was sentenced this morning by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian J. Corrigan to 30 months in prison for a variety of disgusting and sad scams.

Spooner first entered into the crime blotter in 2015 after setting up a GoFundMe account for a woman fighting cystic fibrosis. He stole the crowdsourced funds instead of turning them over to the victim and later blamed GoFundMe when questioned by the family about where the money went.



In the ensuing months and year, Spooner engaged in a series of other frauds, including listing an apartment for rent on Craigslist he neither owned nor was legally allowed to rent. He'd collect deposits from at least six victims. It should be noted that Spooner did this after coming under indictment for the GoFundMe scam and after the first rental scam victims got in touch with authorities.

The whole sad tale is best relayed in Cleveland.com's coverage, which includes a capper indicative of exactly what brand of shitbag Spooner was to those around him even as he was dealing with charges.

While Spooner was committing that scam, a friend of Spooner's family let him work at a West Park bar to make money. Within weeks, he stole blank checks from the bar and wrote himself more than $6,500 in fraudulent checks, Brydl said.
In addition to the prison sentence, Spooner has been ordered to pay $16,000 in restitution to his victims.

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(Original story 12/28/16): J.G. Spooner, who this time managed to wear a shirt for his mugshot, is now facing a variety of new felony theft charges related to a scheme in which he placed Craigslist ads for a rental he did not own.

Spooner, if you'll remember, has been in the news this year after facing and then pleading guilty to charges that he stole money from a GoFundMe campaign that was supposed to benefit a person with cystic fibrosis.

After his arrest in that case, the first details regarding his new scheme surfaced. Basically Spooner listed his place for rent even though he didn't own it, and once he collected deposits, he kept the money. Those first victims weren't alone. In fact, we got a note from someone who was victim to the same scam. There are now at least six victims.

Spooner is alleged to have collected about $6,000 in all, and at least some of that total after his scheme was pointed out in court documents and in media reports. Cleveland.com reports the grand jury filing indicates Spooner is cooperating with authorities. His arraignment is scheduled for January 6.

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