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#1 Old 03-01-2005, 05:52 AM
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Fraud charged: One woman, who lost beagle, calls schemer "scum of Earth."



By RHONDA COOK

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 03/01/05



Andre Gould used the Internet to find the heartbroken owners of lost pets as part of a lucrative scam, Atlanta police said Monday.



Gould, 37, allegedly persuaded as many as 17 people in six states to wire him $85 for a pet carrier to fly their dogs home, plus any extra money victims wanted to send. He got the idea from a news story of a similar scheme in New York almost 20 years ago, police said. But the owners never got their pets, and Gould has been charged with fraud and racketeering and jailed on $65,000 bond.



"He's the scum of Earth," Ann Rittenberry of Antioch, Tenn., said about Gould, who told her his name was Ron Barton when he called with news of finding Peanut, her son's beagle. "It's the lowest of low, preying on people who are desperate to get their animals back."



Rittenberry and Justin, her then-8-year-old son, waited in vain Dec. 22 at the airport in Nashville for Peanut.



"I had to tell him Peanut wasn't coming home after all," Rittenberry said.



Police Detective Paul Cooper said Gould, who faces as many as 20 years if convicted, explained his system to police after he was arrested at a Buckhead motel Friday...

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ewww what a horrible guy.....
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I don't get it. Where were these dogs being flown from if their "owners" were located somewhere else?

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#4 Old 03-01-2005, 06:25 AM
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Gould, just a few weeks out of a federal prison halfway house, would use the Internet to find people who had classified ads looking for lost dogs, focusing on those that said the animal had been implanted with a microchip containing identifying information. He only targeted people who lived some distance from Atlanta.



Then Gould used public library computers, and later his own laptop, to find addresses for the phone numbers in the ads. Using mapping software, he would identify cross streets or landmarks to add legitimacy to his claim that he had found their hurt dog beside the road.

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I didn't know there was more to the story.

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#6 Old 03-01-2005, 06:35 AM
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Uh, what do you think the '...' was for? And I thought we weren't able to post an entire article.



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I put "Full story..." and then a link at the bottom. Like this...



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The most disgusting thing about any real crime is that it requires something good to ruin. Burglars destroy people's sense of security in their home, Scam artists destroy people's trust in others, Murderers require a vital life in order to snuff it out. You'd think, after having lived this long, I would be used to it. This guy exploited and violated love and affection, two very powerful and positive human traits, to make, basically, beer money.



People like this make me so angry.







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The most disgusting thing about any real crime is that it requires something good to ruin. Burglars destroy people's sense of security in their home, Scam artists destroy people's trust in others, Murderers require a vital life in order to snuff it out. You'd think, after having lived this long, I would be used to it. This guy exploited and violated love and affection, two very powerful and positive human traits, to make, basically, beer money.



People like this make me so angry.







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