Fugitive Lunar Embassy Operator Arrested
Canadian franchisee, wanted on
fraud charges, arrested in Nevada mall; had gambled with Dennis
Hope in Las Vegas prior to disappearance.
LONDON (15 January) /Special to the
Lunar Journal/ — Chatham-Kent police are arranging to retrieve a
fugitive lunar realtor found selling hand lotion at a Las Vegas
mall kiosk outside the Aladdin Hotel and Casino.
Lisa Fulkerson, 33, waived
extradition Tuesday after the FBI arrested her on a provisional
warrant. She remained in custody at the Las Vegas city jail last
night, awaiting removal from the U.S.
"We're waiting for all the
paperwork to go through," said Chatham-Kent police Inspector
Tim Mifflin. Mifflin couldn't estimate how long it will be before
Fulkerson is back in Canada.
If she's still in the U.S. until Jan.
23, she will have a "status hearing" to update her case,
the U.S. Marshals office said.
She failed to make a court appearance
in Canada in November when she was expected to plead guilty to
theft and fraud charges involving the Bank of Nova Scotia and more
than $600,000 (CAD).
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More charges, including four counts
of breach of recognizance, one charge of assault, one count of
uttering a forged document and one of using counterfeit documents,
were filed after she disappeared.
The once-prominent businessperson
made her name in Chatham selling novelty land plots on the moon.
Fulkerson owned Moon Land Registry, through which she bought some
lunar real estate to sell in Canada.
(Moon Land Registry is not related to
The Lunar Registry, which offers land claims on the Moon on behalf
of the Lunar Republic Society in order to finance commercial space
exploration and scholarship programs.)
At first, customers lined up for
hours to snap up one-acre plots from Fulkerson for $10 each.
Former business partner Dennis M. Hope, based in Nevada, said in
the the first days of her operation, she brought in $400,000, but
he never saw the money.
Hope said he has never received one
registered property owner from Fulkerson.
The whispers around Chatham were that
millions of dollars from more than 50 investors vanished with
Fulkerson, people she convinced could make millions in her moon
real estate company.
Now, there are whispers of losses in
Her miffed American boss, who runs a
novelty moon property sales company, Lunar
Embassy, a few hours from Las Vegas in Gardnerville, Nev.,
said he's also about to file paperwork -- a $1.2-million (USD)
lawsuit against Fulkerson for failing to make payments on
properties he sold her.
He said yesterday he had met
Fulkerson twice in Vegas before her disappearance to discuss
business. Both meetings were at Caesar's Palace and both times
Hope and Fulkerson gambled together.
"She loves to gamble," he
said. "I don't know if she has a gambling problem. I know
that she likes the table," he said.
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Free Press (Canada)