Attorney General Laxalt Announces Sentencing in Magazine Scam Case


January 9, 2015

Reno, NV – Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Craig Walters, 60, of Sparks, Nev. was sentenced on Wednesday, Jan. 7 for running a scam in which he sold advertisement space in a magazine that did not exist.

“It is unfortunate that we need to be continually vigilant against these types of scams,” said Attorney General Laxalt.  “Our office will continue to investigate and prosecute these crimes to ensure consumers’ rights are protected.”

Walters was sentenced by Second Judicial District Court Judge Scott N. Freeman to five years in the Nevada Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one felony count of theft.  He was also ordered to pay $5,950 in restitution.  He will be eligible for parole in two years.

Walters approached local businesses and sold them advertising space in a magazine that was supposedly distributed at local sporting events and tournaments. Businesses were victimized several times over the past few years.  The magazine was never produced and distributed.  When some of the victims requested to see copies of the magazine or hesitated in renewing their ads, Walters became belligerent and, in some instances, threatened to tell people not to patronize their businesses. 

This case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Eric Nickel of the Attorney General’s Fraud Unit.

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(Photo courtesy of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office)

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