Police: Scammer posing as veteran

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/20/2017 5:52:53 AM

Dublin police are warning the community to be on the lookout for a known scam artist posing as a veteran.

James Schuder, 50, homeless, was escorted out of town by the Dublin Police Department on Saturday, according to Police Chief Tim Suokko, after determining he was the same man that had previously been arrested multiple times for scamming folks out of money in Indiana and Tennessee in 2009 and 2010.

“He has no history of being a danger to others, he just preys on people’s heart strings,” said Suokko, in an interview Tuesday afternoon. “He’s a transient gentleman, I think this is how he makes his way around.”

Suokko said no charges are pending in Dublin, and that he isn’t aware of any scams conducted by Schuder in town.

Suokko said Schuder was wearing combat fatigues, had a gas can with him, and that he told police his car had broken down – a story Schuder has used before in his travels to get money from people, according to many news outlets. 

Schuder was given a ride to the Dublin/Marlborough town line after he told police that he was trying to make his way to Brattleboro, Vermont. 

Schuder’s history of panhandling dates back to at least July of 2009, when he was arrested for scamming people in Tennessee, according to an Associated Press article dated Sept. 10, 2010.

The Associated Press also reported that Schuder had been arrested on Aug. 24, 2010 in Indianapolis after police said he had scammed samaritans out of almost $500.

In both instances, police said Schuder had approached people asking for money to cover travel expenses. Despite wearing combat fatigues, authorities said Schuder had no prior history of service. 

Schuder was once again arrested in Indianapolis in November 2010 after police received a similar complaint about Schuder on Veterans Day, according to a Nov. 22, 2010 article published by WTHR, a NBC-affiliate television station out of Indianapolis. 

More recently, Westminster, Massachusetts police reported that Schuder was spotted in the area on on July 13.

Westminster Lt. Michael McDonald said Wednesday morning that Schuder had been staying locally for at least a couple days, and alleged that he used to be in the Marines. When he was asked questions about being in the Marines from a local officer that was a Marine, Schuder appeared to not know what the officer was talking about. 

“He didn’t seem to have any answers,” said McDonald, who said there were no charges pending in Westminster, but he did believe that Schuder had at least one non-extraditable warrant out of another state. 

Westminster police reported on their Facebook page that Schuder had left the hotel he had been staying sometime later in the day on July 13. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT. 


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