In Your Corner Update: International scam artist admits guilt

Posted on: 10:05 pm, November 5, 2013, by , updated on: 10:28pm, December 12, 2013

Video Updated 10:28 p.m. Thursday
KINGSTON, ONTARIO – Our In Your Corner team has new details involving an international scam artist.

For some time now they’ve been working with Canadian investigators to track Justin Stuart.

He’s the Canadian accused of operating a bogus trade show scam out of his home in Kingston, Ontario.

Business owners in at least three states say Stuart tricked them into handing over cash for vendor space that never existed. 

Brad Finley, owner of Finley Chiropractic, tells the “In Your Corner” team Stuart tricked him into buying vendor space for a trade show that never happened at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

“The agreement was I’d pay him $850 for the show and then I show up that Friday morning and I see an empty building that should be set up for a show,” Finley said.

We confronted Stuart about the allegations.

Things got heated, fast.

“I don’t have any obligation to you man,” he said. “I’m not going to give you information to try to use against me.”

Stuart denied any wrong doing and made accusations against our team.

“What you care about is putting on a show to make people look bad who haven’t done anything wrong,” he said. “That’s all you care about to get your ratings. You don’t care about anything besides that and if you want to get the facts, [then] get the facts.”

The Canadian scam artist eventually pleaded guilty to defrauding nearly 100 business owners nationwide.

We weren’t sure about restitution for victims, until this week.

Dennis Stamper from Mudjack Mania received his restitution check Monday. 

He was ready to travel to Canada to testify against Stuart.

“There’s no telling how many people he’s got and if Channel 4 hadn’t brought this up and broke this open, he’d still be today, scamming people here and everywhere else.”

Stuart’s sentencing is scheduled for next month.