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In Your Corner Update: Bogus House Raffle

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FORT WORTH, TX - Our In Your Corner team crosses state lines to track down a wanted man accused of using a veterans charity to scam Oklahomans.

For months they’ve been hot on the trail of Bruce Rhoades.

The career criminal sold fake raffle tickets for a house giveaway that never existed.

There was no house. Rhoades is wanted in Oklahoma for white-collar crimes, but it's his ties to a bogus house giveaway that sparked our interest and angered local businesses.

Rhoades told his victims he was raising money for our disabled and homeless veterans. 

He’s also accused of lining his pockets with proceeds from a charity poker run and several former employees who helped run his Oklahoma City thrift shop say he scammed them too. Last year we aired a series of reports featuring Rhoades.

That's when Rhoades and his wife fled our state to set up shop someplace else.

The pair was now running their veterans service operation somewhere in Fort Worth.

We tracked down Rhoades and wife at their new thrift shop.

We alerted authorities of their whereabouts, but by the time they arrived, Rhoades had already fled leaving his wife behind again to answer to us and police.

The couple later admitted to pocketing the cash from the house raffle. Rhoades remains a free man.  

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