By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A published book author is sitting behind bars, facing charges related to a scam on the Web site Craigslist.
James Vincent Nix, 48, is accused of renting out a house on Northwest 79th Street in Oklahoma City to several families who each paid hundreds of dollars for a deposit. They told police when it was time to move in, they learned it was all a scam.
According to the actual owner of the home, Gary Good, Nix was renting the home but would tell his alleged victims he owned it. The victims said once they handed over the deposit, Nix disappeared.
"We saw two big pink stickers on the window, and it said if you have rented this house on Craigslist it is a scam, and you need to call 911, and call me, Mr. Good," said Brandy Daniels, who was scammed by Nix.
Nix has written such books as "Snowflakes in the Sun" and "Escape from the Dead Superstar Review" and described himself as an award-winning journalist who "divides his time putting up with the world's highest concentration of idiots, working girls, and crack dealers."
Those he's allegedly scammed said he's no better than those he hates.
"I wish he would have the gall to come forward and say I'm sorry. Say sorry to everybody," Daniels said.
Nix is currently in the Oklahoma County Jail on a $2,000 bond on a separate criminal case in which he's accused of writing a bogus check to Comfort Heat and Air.
Nix faces a charge of violating the Computer Crimes Act and obtaining money under false pretenses. He's also being held for violating a suspended sentence in Pontotoc County, according to a jail spokesperson.