Repeat con man strikes again, takes investor for $800,000

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by Chris Nagus / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Nearly two years ago, Chris Nagus confronted James Adam Jenkins on his way into an Oklahoma courtroom.

Back then, the Oklahoma Attorney General accused him of running a hunting scam, to which he later pled guilty.

Firefighters around St. Louis also accused him of running a beef jerky scam, where he would sell territories to firefighters to distribute these beef stick canisters.

The firefighters paid in, but the product wasn’t delivered.

Richard Cranford invested heavily in Jenkins’ business. The successful Tulsa businessman recently met News 4’s Chris Nagus at Spirit airport in Chesterfield.

He said he invested more than $800,000 with Jenkins.

Cranford originally invested with Jenkins because he believed his business model was viable.

He still does, that’s why he’s started a new beef stick business called Quarter Share, but this time it won’t have anything to do with Jenkins.

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