Huntington Beach police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying additional victims of an Irvine man who allegedly scammed a resident out of $280,000.
William Scott Spalding, 46, was arrested Tuesday in Irvine by U.S. Deputy Marshals, who have been assisting Huntington Beach police during their five-month investigation, said Lt. Russell Reinhart.
The investigation began in March after a Huntington Beach single mother called police to report that Spalding allegedly took $280,000, which the woman invested in a gold transaction, Reinhart said.
Spalding told the woman he bought large amounts of gold. The woman paid Spalding the money in January after he promised to deliver the gold to her shortly thereafter.
"She had met with him," Reinhart said. "He somehow gained her confidence and convinced her to invest."
When Spalding didn't keep his end of the deal, the woman contacted him to no avail. She had a phone number for him and an address to a business he claimed in Beverly Hills, Reinhart said.