LOUISIANA (WOAY) – St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a West Virginia man for an online sales scam involving high-end car parts.
The STPSO Financial Crimes Unit began investigating the scam in September after a St. Tammany Parish resident reported being a victim.
Detectives determined the car parts were being posted on Craigslist in multiple cities, but the scam was originating from a computer located in West Virginia.
Detectives ultimately traced the fraudulent sales back to James Sisk (DOB 1/26/80; 155 Division Drive Beckley, West Virginia). Sisk has a history of arrests in West Virginia for similar thefts and fraudulent online postings.
Sisk was arrested on a warrant from St. Tammany Parish and was extradited to Louisiana last week, where he confessed to selling car parts to multiple individuals across the country, but failing to deliver them.
James Sisk was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on Feb. 22 on the following charges:
LRS 14:73.5 Computer Fraud
LRS 14:70.8 Illegal Transmission of Monetary Funds
Sheriff Randy Smith would like to emphasize that all sales across the internet are at the buyer’s risk. Never send money via bank wires, money services, or green dot type money cards to someone you don’t know, for items you have not personally seen. These online sites are full of scam artists just like James Sisk, waiting to take your money for a “good deal”.