Scam artist in custody |

Scam artist in custody

by Timothy Bowman

Teri Ann Galipeaux, 45, of Stateline is in custody after three months on the run.

Galipeaux is suspected of aiding in the concealment of fugitive Kenneth Fetterman, a 33-year-old Placerville resident.

Fetterman is wanted for his role in an alleged shill bidding scam conducted on eBay between November 1998 and May 2000. The scam involved replicas of masterpiece artwork that were advertised as originals. Winning bids were as high as $135,805.

Galipeaux’s alleged concealment of Fetterman began shortly after a warrant was issued for his arrest March 8 stemming from 16 charges including wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. Fetterman was living at Galipeaux’s Stateline apartment on Tramway.

Galipeaux was arrested June 6 by federal authorities at a truck stop off Interstate 5 in Yolo County. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento said a tip from one of Galipeaux’s family members led to her arrest. Galipeaux was alone at the time of her arrest.

Two other people were charged in the 16-count indictment in early March. Kenneth Walton, 33, of Sacramento and Scott Beach, 31, of Lakewood, Colo., both pleaded guilty to the charges in federal court.

Galipeaux’s preliminary hearing has been set for June 21 at the U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

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