Man charged with defrauding customers on social media

LONDON, Ky. — A southeastern Kentucky man has been indicted on federal charges tied to an alleged scheme to defraud people on Facebook Marketplace.

Timothy M. Kelley is charged with seven counts of wire fraud. According to the indictment, Kelley allegedly offered tiny homes for sale on Facebook Marketplace, using pictures of homes that did not belong to him.

Prosecutors say he would negotiate with customers and offer to deliver the tiny homes, in exchange for a down payment up front. When customers began contacting him about his failure to deliver, Kelley allegedly sent pictures of tiny homes under construction, representing that they were the homes the customer ordered, but that the pandemic was causing delays.

The indictment lists seven wire transactions totaling more than 13-thousand dollars.

Wire fraud carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Kelley could also be forced to repay the victims if he is found guilty.