Scam artist on the run |

Scam artist on the run

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

An eBay art scam case remains unresolved because the main suspect, Kenneth Fetterman, is still on the run.

Fetterman’s girlfriend, Terri Ann Galipeaux, 46, of South Shore, was sentenced in January to 10 months in jail for misleading investigators. Galipeaux used a false name to registered at South Shore motels while traveling with Fetterman.

The couple moved out of their South Lake Tahoe apartment and into motels last spring after they learned Fetterman, 33, was wanted by the FBI. Galipeaux also instructed her mother to tell the FBI investigators the couple was headed north, which was false. Instead, the couple was on the move, spending time in Utah, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas.

The FBI arrested Galipeaux in June at truck stop in Yolo County after her mother told investigators her location.

Federal prosecutors claim Fetterman organized fraudulent bids in hundreds of art auctions on eBay from November 1998 to June 2000. Combined, the winning bids were worth more than $450,000. In one transaction, an eBay customer bid over $135,805 for a fake painting.

Typically the scheme involved sending fake art to a customer, said Patty Pontello, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The fraud also involved Kenneth Walton, 33, an attorney in from Sacramento, and Scott Beach, 31, of Lakewood, Colo. Both men have pleaded guilty to counts of wire and mail fraud. Their sentencing has been pushed back to Nov. 5 because Fetterman is still at large, Pontello said.

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