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Would-be Christmas House buyer returned to Alabama to face charges

BROOKSVILLE — Matthew Senge, whose bid to buy the landmark business Rogers' Christmas House Village fell apart when his true identity and criminal past were revealed, has been returned to Alabama to face criminal charges.

Senge, 38, was booked Saturday into the Baldwin County Jail in Alabama, where he is on a no-bond status. He faces a felony charge of theft by deception for the sale in 2005 of a car that didn't belong to him.

In January, Senge was arrested in Brooksville on an Alabama warrant accusing him of failing to appear in court in 2006 on that charge.

Earlier this year, Senge began introducing himself in Hernando County as Matthew Hyde, a potential buyer of the Christmas House. However, once his true identity and criminal record came to light, the deal fell apart.

Would-be Christmas House buyer returned to Alabama to face charges 03/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 29, 2010 6:40pm]

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