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Holiday man accused of holding fake gun auctions online

HOLIDAY — Over the past few months, authorities said, James Duncan auctioned off firearms through an online bidding site, then collected payment from the winners. But he never had any guns to sell, Pasco deputies said.

Duncan, 48, of 3302 Bainbridge Drive in Holiday, was arrested Wednesday on charges of accepting payments for guns he never delivered. He created at least three fake auctions on the website Gunbroker.com, copying photographs and information from legitimate auctions to sell various weapons to people across the country, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

Victims paid from $606 for a Heckler & Koch pistol to $860 for a Kimber handgun. When one tried to contact Duncan, he either avoided calls or made excuses, the victim told deputies. Authorities believe Duncan may have defrauded more people and are asking possible victims to come forward.

Duncan, who is disabled and unemployed, told deputies he used the proceeds of the sales to buy clothing and food for his children.

He has been charged with three counts of grand theft and was released on $6,000 bail.

Holiday man accused of holding fake gun auctions online 06/24/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 24, 2010 6:52pm]
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