WXDX Used As Part Of Contest Scam
March 27, 2008 at 7:38 AM (PT)
ALAN CARTER MCDONALD pleaded guilty yesterday to pulling off a prize scam on 14 separate occasions around PITTSBURGH from JUNE 2006 to SEPTEMBER 2007, reports THE POST-GAZETTE. MCDONALD would tell people he met on the street that he worked for CLEAR CHANNEL Alternative WXDX (105.9 THE X) and offer them concert tickets, flat-screen TVs and other prizes. All they needed to do to collect the purported freebies was pay cash up front to cover shipping costs.
The 58-year-old former steel mill worker got an average of about $127 from his victims. Individual "prize winners" handed over from $20 to $170. All but one of the victims were male. "He's actually pretty smart and he's personable. He'd walk up to these strangers and ask them for money," said his attorney, Assistant Public Defender SUMNER PARKER.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY Judge DAVID R. CASHMAN sentenced him to consecutive terms of two years' probation on each of the theft counts and ordered him to submit to drug screening and pay $1,775 restitution. Mcdonald apologized to the court, explaining, "Since I lost my job I had a history of depression ... and drug abuse. I don't consider myself a bad person. I consider myself a decent person. I've just had some problems."