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Veteran says he was duped by bogus job posting on state website

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(06/28/13) - He was out of work and nearly out of options. Now one Mid-Michigan veteran says he's also out about $150 after responding to a bogus job posting online.

That veteran, Charles Spring from Shiawassee County, may not be the only one.

Even more concerning, he claims the job posting was listed on a state employment services website.

"In the state of Michigan, with unemployment right now, people are doing anything they can to get jobs," said Spring. "Especially when you go on a State of Michigan website, my assumption was things were vetted and I would have a legitimate source."

Spring, who says he was a United States Marine, sprung at the chance to work security when he saw a posting the state's mitalent.org last month.  

Spring says he spoke with the contact person listed, on that posting, by phone.

"He told me he needed $150 so we could get signed up for this (gun) class," Spring said.
 
Spring says he put the money on a pre-paid card and read the guy the numbers over the phone. He knew something was wrong when he showed up at a Brighton area gun range and found not that point person, but another vet.  

"He learned about it through his veteran's rep (at Michigan Works!) in Lansing," Spring said.  

There was no gun class and still a lot of questions especially when Spring was contacted by a reporter from Raleigh, North Carolina working on a story about veterans scammed by someone using the same contact name and a state employment services website there. 

ABC12 reached a man with that name in the Flint area - someone with law enforcement experience.

He says he's now a police officer, in Genesee County, who, in the past, did recruit for at least one security company in Mid-Michigan.  He declined to tell us where he is currently employed and didn't want his name used for safety reasons. 

He denies having anything to do with recent job postings, in either state, and fears someone stole his identity.

ABC12 was not able to reach anyone at the numbers Spring provided for the person he spoke with about the security job. Both numbers were disconnected. 

Michigan State Police are investigating.

ABC12 spoke with Amy Cell, Senior Vice President of Talent Enhancement for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. She tells us they are aware of the claims and called them very troubling.

Cell says they are looking into whether the posting was listed on the state website, for how long and how many people responded. 

"We take extra precautions to make sure postings are legitimate," Cell said.

Spring is now employed in Lansing.

"There are a lot of people looking for jobs right now," Spring said. "I know your tendency is, as soon as something comes up, that you want to jump, but I'm not going to be doing telephone interviews anymore and there'll be no sending money to anybody unless I can sit down and meet with them."

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