Accused ‘Sooner’ Cabins Scammers Out of Jail
Two developers from Grove, Okla., Stephen Craig Stultz and Pamela Jo Stultz, have both bonded out of the Delaware County Jail and will return independently to district court.
Stephen Stultz, 60, bonded out with a $2,000 bond and is to return to district court at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 20 with an attorney. Stultz has been charged with two felony counts of embezzlement, the Grand Lake News reported.
Pamela Stultz, 49, appeared in district court at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 26 after bonding out on a felony count of embezzlement on a $1,000 bond. She is to return to district court at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8
According to Captain Gayle Wells of the Delaware County sheriff’s department, the Stultzes conducted their business from August 2012 to July 2013, at its location south of the Honey Creek Bridge in rural Grove. Through the Grand View Campground, the Stultzes sold modified prebuilt and preconstructed cabins.
Wells said the Stultzes contracted with buyers for a “livable finished cabin,” complete with insulated walls, heat, air conditioning, water and electric. Cabin shells would be purchased from suppliers, and the Stultzes would complete the extras.
The alleged victims paid for the cabins, but then did not receive the building they purchased. In some cases, Wells said, the original builder repossessed the cabins, and the victims had to repurchase the buildings at the wholesale price.
The initial reports of the alleged scam began to surface in January 2013, when a couple contacted the sheriff’s department concerning a dispute related to the purchase of a cabin.
Wells said the couple gave the Stultzes $2,200 in October 2012 for a cabin, but did not receive anything for their funds.
By May 2013, Wells said, five additional parties had stepped forward reporting alleged fraud by the Stultzes.
In all, Wells said, at least 10 victims have come forward, including many couples. Since the charges were filed on Aug. 13, at least two more victims not included in the original affidavit of probable cause have come forward.
In many cases, Wells said, the alleged fraud ranged from $2,200 to $24,000. He said while the buyers of the cabins were defrauded of funds, the wholesale manufactures of the cabins recouped their expenses when repossessing the cabins.
According to Wells, this is not the couple’s first brush with fraud allegations.
Wells said his investigation has uncovered questionable business activities conducted by the Stultzes and other businesses in Nebraska and Iowa. There, Stultz did business with a wind turbine company, in which an Iowa man said he lost $17,000. No charges were filed in that case.