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Cop Busted Over Fake Stone Cold Scam

7/28/2008 4:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

They don't make 'em real smart in Greensburg, Indiana, do they? A local cop has been busted allegedly for pocketing the cash duped fans forked over for autographs from a fake "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. We'll explain.

According to prosecutors, 37-year-old Greensburg police officer David L. Scudder was called to a local Wal*Mart last month to investigate the phony Austin. When they got there, prosecutors say Scudder asked the suspected fake's "promoter" to hand over $166 -- of his own money. Scudder allegedly gave the man a receipt -- but didn't mention to anyone that he had taken the money. A police report filed days later didn't mention the cash or the receipt -- but claimed the money "was returned to the fans at the scene." That's news to the bilked fans, says the DA, who says none of the victims got their money back.

After an investigation was launched into the incident, Scudder resigned from the force.

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reality    

slow news day, eh losers?

2093 days ago
2.

Blissfull    

Losing your job over $160 some odd bucks! Please, it just goes to show how corupt cops are, they will do ANYTHING for a buck or two. Discusting!

2093 days ago
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wtf    

Seems strange to risk your job over $166.

2093 days ago
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Rustyvain    

The ONLY "Folk's" that enjoy ?-Wrestling are morons, retards, Prisoners and TMZ.
This is what dropping out of High School looks like in 20 years tights and guy on guy "wrestling"...where do you say, Hey I want to be a looser that travels podunk town to podunk town plopping on each other all freaky and stuff?

Q:What you gonna do brother?
A: BARF

Thanks for the PSA TMZ!

2093 days ago
5.

nacho    

Real rocket scientist, losing your job over $160.00 bucks...
moron! and they actually gave this man a gun - that's scary!

2093 days ago
6.

Mathieu    

WHAT?

2093 days ago
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Sharona    

A dishonest cop? The world is full of them people.

2093 days ago
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lainy    

"4. The ONLY "Folk's" that enjoy ?-Wrestling are morons, retards, Prisoners and TMZ. "

i enjoy wrestling, and i am not a moron, or a retard, or a prisoner, or TMZ. =]

but, the wwe hasnt been the same since stone cold left.

COPPER 3:16 SAYS I JUST LOST MY JOB

2093 days ago
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buckeye    

stone cold is a little punk bitch!!

2093 days ago
10.

elle    

Please check your facts and correct the article. It reads like Scudder was employed by the Indiana State Police. He was not. He was a Greensburg Police officer. The Indiana State Police were called to investigate him.

2093 days ago
11.

Sandra    

I got scammed by a fake autograph on ebay....$200 mistake.The only place I found that has real celebrity autographs is this site called liveautographs.com. It's real because you see the celebs signing...they even give shout-outs

2093 days ago
12.

PAK    

3:16

WHAT?

CAUSE STONE COLD SAID SO!

2093 days ago
13.

clicclic    

This college graduate / software engineer loved the WWE back when Stone Cold was on the circuit.

The real idiots are the ones who don't see the tongue-in-cheek political satire permeating the wrestling circuit. Loosen up tighty whitey!

2092 days ago
14.

Kelly    

TMZ needs to do a correction and more research. The police officer was not a member of the Indiana State Police but a local Greensburg Police Department officer.

2092 days ago
15.

jj    

"They don't make 'em real smart in Greensburg, Indiana, do they?"

So in every city, county and municipality where a crime is committed by a government official it mean they "don't make 'em real smart" in that entire geographical area? Wonder what the TMZ staff thinks about Washington DC?

The TMZ staff that wrote this article aren't too smart either. Besides the error about Scudder being a member of the ISP, which he was not, according to the original GDN article Scudder announced at Walmart that he had the money, and he issued a receipt for the money. It will be up to the court to decide his innocence and guilt.

The "not to smart" folks in Greensburg just landed a new Honda plant set to open later this year, a $650 million dollar investment that will bring in a over a thousand new jobs. And that is just phase 1. Not to mention the Honda suppliers and new service industry in the area that are building and opening everyday.

The smart part was that the Greensburg Chief of Police, Mayor and other officials did not try to cover-up the incident, and insured a through investigation took place.

2092 days ago
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