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August 31, 2007

Comics Retailer’s Magic Check Scam

In yet another odd story about a comics retailer running afoul of the law, police in Altoona, Pennsylvania were earlier this week issued a warrant for the arrest of George Newton Hampton Jr., the operator of an Altoona, Pennsylvania comic book shop, for several charges related to an altered check he received from a local judge. According to the local media report, Hampton took a check for the amount of $16.98 and altering it into a check for the amount of $1500. He then used the check to pay a variety of bills and to make a few cash transfers, maxing out at about $10,000.

Hampton's store, Excalibur Collectibles, was locked and empty at the time of the newspaper story's filing.
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