Suspected Seagraves scammer had prior conviction in Lovington, New Mexico

Suspected Seagraves scammer had prior conviction in Lovington, New Mexico
Casey Harper

LOVINGTON, NM (KCBD) - While the Seagraves Police Department searches for information on Casey Brock Harper, a man suspected of scamming residents out a lot of cash, other details have surfaced about his past convictions that are similar to recent allegations.

Seagraves PD and residents around the area have accused Harper of scamming them out of nearly $50,000 by taking money from them for automotive services and not providing the services through his business called Knuckleheads Garage. David A. Miranda, a detective sergeant for the Lovington Police Department, said his department aided in getting a conviction in 2015 for coordinating a similar scam.

Photos show the Knuckleheads Garage, which was also owned and operated by Casey Brock Harper in Lovington, New Mexico. (Source: Lovington Police Department)
Photos show the Knuckleheads Garage, which was also owned and operated by Casey Brock Harper in Lovington, New Mexico. (Source: Lovington Police Department)

While in Lovington, Harper had an automotive business called Knuckleheads Garage and worked on someone’s car after they would agree to surrender their title, Miranda said. In some cases the title would go missing and a short time later so would a victim’s car.

The initial complaint that led to his conviction was logged in October of 2014. A Lovington resident bought a car from Harper and was trying to get the title from him. Getting the title took almost two months, and when the resident was finally able to get it back she found the signatures on the title were forged.

Lovington PD was able to arrest him on two forgery charges, related to two forged bills of sale for the names on the vehicle title. A trial began in January of 2015 and he was ultimately found guilty by a Lovington district court judge in March.

He was sentenced to probation but completed that sentence in July of 2017, according to New Mexico court documents. One of the conditions of his probation, Miranda said, was he was not allowed to be in business as a mechanic.

Harper is now reported to live in Bay City, where he has opened a new shop. But Seagraves PD is still looking for him and are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the department at 806-387-2551.

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