Man arrested for fraud

Julia GoadHeartland News Service

July 8, 2012

WILLIAMSON — A Delbarton man remains lodged in Southwestern Regional Jail, accused of trying to con a coal company out of $4,000.

According to court records, Brandon Ward, 38, along with his father, Ralph Ward, spoke to CK Coal Corporation in Gilbert and gave a proposal to the owner to sell the company 4,000 feet of mining belt. The Wards allegedly received a $4,000 deposit in the form of a check on the purchase, which they were to deliver Feb. 28 of this year.

However, the mining belt was not delivered. When the owner of CK Coal contacted Ward about the purchase, the criminal complaint said, Ward assured the owner he would return the deposit.

The money was not returned, although the Wards told the owner of the coal company they would make payments on the $4,000.

He was arrested by Gilbert Police Assistant Chief N.A. Glandon and charged with attempting to obtain goods or services by fraud, conspiracy, fraudulent schemes and computer fraud.

He was arraigned by Magistrate Pam Newsome, who set his bond at $20,000.