DA files charges against Gardnerville man for Internet fraud
The Douglas County District Attroney’s Office has filed 30 felony theft charges against a 31-year-old Gardnerville man, accusing him of scamming people over the Internet.
David Harold Reynolds, whom court documents list as the chief executive officer of Western Enterprises of 1408 Industrial Way, No. 2, Gardnerville, is accused of enticing customers to buy computer hardware over the Internet while having no ability to deliver or even any intention of delivering the products.
Reynolds appeared at a pre-preliminary hearing in East Fork Justice Court on Jan 6. At that time, Justice of the Peace Jim EnEarl set a preliminary hearing for two days beginning Feb. 18. At that time, Reynolds’ attorney Michael Roeser is expected to respond to the charges. If the charges are retained as felonies and the case goes forward, it will be moved to Douglas District Court for adjudication.
n False pretenses. In 15 separate instances, Reynolds is accused of obtaining money under false pretenses – taking orders for computers and hardware and accepting deposits or payments in full for the items ordered. Because the money amounts were in excess of $250, with some for several thousands of dollars, 15 charges of grand theft were also filed.
Court documents state that no computers were ever delivered to Western Enterprises’ customers. And officers who served search warrants on Reynolds’ homes and storage units at the time the complaints were originally filed in September 1998 found no computer equipment.
Reynolds, who also does business as Western Auto Broker at 1480 Glenwood Drive, Gardnerville, is free on $1,000 bail.
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