The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 28, 2013

Man sentenced for money schemes

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— A Princeton man was sentenced by Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge John A. Hutchison Tuesday to one to five years for conspiracy to commit a felony, acquiring money by false pretenses.

Shane Allen McCoy, 38, was arrested in November 2010, along with two co-conspirators, for conducting scams on homeowners in West Virginia and Virginia, pretending to be from various water companies.

The three men went to an elderly woman’s residence in Shady Spring and told her they were with the local water company. They asked if she was having water problems, and police believe the men tampered with her water meter before knocking on her door, turning off the water to make it seem there was a problem.

She wrote a check out to one of the men for $1,690, but after the incident, she came to question the men’s visit. She called her bank to stop payment on the check, but within just an hour, the men had already cashed it.

Other related incidents were reported in Summers County, as well as in Christiansburg and Pearisburg, Va.

McCoy was granted credit for 229 days served in Southern Regional Jail and in Tazewell County, Va., after waiving extradition prior to sentencing.

He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim.

Raleigh County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Truman said McCoy will go back to Virginia when he is discharged or paroled, as he committed similar crimes there.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com