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July 5, 2014

Warrant out for Pryor scammer

Pryor Times — For nine counts of fraud and larceny, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of James Hadley.

Hadley, 24, Pryor, allegedly operated a scam over the course of two years.

The probable cause affidavit filed in the case lists retired district judge Gary Dean as the first scam victim.

Dean says, according to the affidavit, that he allowed Hadley to reside at his home for most of 2013 as Hadley presented himself to be a Green Beret veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Hadley allegedly told Dean he needed $1,200 to pay attorney fees in an ongoing litigation dissolving a land and cattle business, adding that the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm agency conducted raids on his residence where his weapons were held. Dean loaned Hadley the $1,200 in November of 2012. He later called the attorney Hadley said was representing him and found the attorney was not currently, nor had he ever, represented Hadley.

In early 2013 Hadley allegedly told Dean he needed $1,500 to finalize an order with the Department of Defense surplus for 100 used M4AR15 style weapons. Hadley allegedly told Dean the total cost of the weapons was $50,000 but that he was just $1,500 short. Hadley told Dean he could make $200,000 selling these weapons which were to be shipped to him disassembled. Dean stipulates he gave Hadley the money requested and that he has never seen the money returned or the weapons said to be purchased.

Another victim listed in the case was said to have given Hadley $915 to purchase a gun for him. Hadley represented himself to the victim to be a licensed gun dealer, according to the affidavit.

Another victim said Hadley came to him around Christmas of 2012 saying he could obtain guns and ammunition at cost because his “Uncle Joe” had connections with “Special Forces associates.” Hadley said he would order 10 AR-10's. The victim gave Hadley $400 and said no guns were ever delivered to him.

That same victim states, according to the affidavit, Hadley returned to his house a month later saying he was selling a Colt AR15 rifle  for $1,000. The man gave Hadley the $1,000 for the purchase, never receiving the rifle. Hadley allegedly brought the man several guns, saying the AR-15 was unavailable. Later Hadley returned saying he needed the guns back because the ATF was going to audit him. Fearing he had stolen weapons the man returned the weapons to Hadley.

The affidavit lists two more scam victims where several guns and several hundreds of dollars were exchanged or promised.

Hadley allegedly told Dean he was employed by the Department of Defense and needed $700 for work supplies. He told Dean he was “helping to plan secret assaults on Iran and that the Department of Defense was paying him because he was the only military person who had ever been to that area.”

In 2013 Hadley allegedly told Dean he was working for the Vinita Police Department and needed a new firearm. Dean gave him a Ruger LC9, that was new in the box and had never been fired. Hadley then sold the gun to a former Vinita Police Officer, though the affidavit alleges the firearm is still unaccounted for.

At the end of 2013 Dean asked Hadley about his “lies and schemes he was using to steal money and guns from people.” At that time he told Hadley he was going on vacation and wanted him out of his house.

When he returned home from vacation he found his Taurus .25 pistol, Glock model 19C pistol, H&R .22 revolver, North American Arms .22 revolver,Smith and Wesson .357/.38 revolver, Ruger LCP .380 pistol with laser and holster, Glock model 23 pistol, Smith and Wesson .38 special pistol, Walther 22 auto pistol and a large amount of ammunition had been stolen.

Bond on the warrant for Haldey's arrest is listed at $100,000, for five counts of obtaining money by false pretense,two counts of obtaining property by false pretense, one count of obtaining money and property by false pretense and one count of grand larceny.

Law enforcement stipulates they are continuing to investigate Hadley's claims as they have no record of him being in the military, a licensed gun dealer or a police officer.


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