Christian Credit Consultants owner arrested for theft and fraud
Reporter: Steve Nuñez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – A 9 On Your Side investigation has lead to the arrest of a convicted criminal accused of stealing a lot of money from a lot of fellow Christians. Gary Allan, owner of Christian Credit Consultants, is back in jail.
Charles Springstun claims he's out $22,000. He does not believe he'll ever get back a single penny of it.
"A guy like that he takes the money and spends it right off," said Springstun.
Still, Springstun is counting his blessings Allan will no longer prey on other victims.
Springstun said, "At least he won't hurt anybody else for a while."
Pima County Sheriff's arrested and charged Allan with 20 felony counts of theft and fraud. Allan is accused of stealing about $100,000. He was supposed to use this money to settle his client's debts.
9 On Your Side Reporter Steve Nuñez asked Detective Christy Anderson if investigators recovered any money to help pay back the victims.
"No, I have no idea what's he's done with the money," answered Anderson.
KGUN9 News first exposed Allan after three people came forward in early May. Since then, ten more victims filed criminal complaints against Allan.
9 On Your Side also learned, Allan is a convicted criminal who has committed the same crime in four other states. Plus, his real name is Gary Harrison.
Anderson said detectives moved in on Allan last week after he began bouncing checks and was planning to skip out of town.
"Detectives went to his house to make contact with him and found him to be inside and avoiding us," said Anderson. "He did not answer the door."
That's when detectives forced their way inside by busting down his door. They found Allan hiding in his bedroom.
For Springstun, Allan's arrest has restored his faith that at least some justice will soon be served after all.
Nuñez asked: Where does he belong, in prison?
"Oh yeah, no doubt in my mind," responded Springstun. "I'd like to walk up to the gate and put him there."
If convicted, Allan could serve a minimum of 2 1/2 years in prison.
The Attorney General's office will prosecute the case. More charges could still be filed if more victims come forward to file complaints.