Internet fraud strikes home |

Internet fraud strikes home

Terri Ann Galipeaux, 45, of Stateline is wanted by the FBI for harboring fugitive Kenneth Fetterman, 33, of Placerville.

Fetterman is accused of conducting hundreds of fraudulent art auctions on eBay, including one where a bidder paid $135,805 for a fake Richard Diebenkorn painting, according to an FBI press release.

Galipeaux’s alleged concealment of Fetterman began shortly after the announcement in March that he was wanted on 16 criminal charges. Fetterman is being charged with four counts of wire fraud, six counts of mail fraud and six counts of money laundering.

Fetterman and Galipeaux were allegedly living in a Stateline apartment when the charges were filed against Fetterman. The couple fled to South Lake Tahoe where they rented motel rooms, registering under aliases. The FBI indicated that in March the fugitives stayed at the Motel 6, the Starlake Motel and the Washoe Motel, all in South Lake Tahoe. Fetterman and Galipeaux allegedly also went to Minden and stayed at the Westerner Motel where Galipeaux registered under the name “Becky White.”

When last seen by Galipeaux’s daughter in late March, Fetterman and Galipeaux were reportedly going to Reno.

Two accomplices of Fetterman in the eBay scam, Kenneth Walton, 33, of Sacramento and Scott Beach, 31, of Lakewood, Colo., have been charged for their role in the crimes and have entered guilty pleas. Walton and Beach posted false bids to drive up the selling prices of the fake artwork.

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