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Caught on Camera: Springfield Businessman Confronts Alleged Scammer

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield restaurant owner says a man ripped off one of his businesses, then tried to get more money from his second restaurant.
Click the second photo to watch the raw video of the confrontation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield restaurant owner says a man ripped off one of his businesses, then tried to get more money from his second restaurant.

The accused scammer was trying to get sponsorship for his men’s softball team.

David Bauer, the owner of Coyote’s Adobe Café and Millie’s Café downtown, wore a hidden microphone as he met with a man claiming to be Cody Walker (see videos above).

Walker appears to be trying to get $80 for a so-called sponsorship.

“I’m supposed to pay cash but I can get a cash receipt if that's okay with you guys,” he tells Bauer as the KOLR10 cameras were rolling.

The guy is claiming he doesn't have a sponsor, but he got $80 from Millie’s Restaurant Monday night.

Karen Murray manages the place and says the same guy told her W.F. Cody’s used to sponsor his team, but after the owner Larry Iverson tragically died, they stopped.

Karen said he promised to bring the team in every Saturday to patronize Millie’s.

“Another restaurant that wanted to help his team and he played a good story,” she says.

So Karen waited for him to return with a receipt but she saw him drive off instead. So she took down his plates.

Then Tuesday, the manager of Coyote's said she took a call from the same guy telling her the same story.

“It’s a good deal for everybody,” said Walker in Tuesday's video (watch above). When asked what was needed for sponsorship, he responded, “Just a logo and, um, 80 bucks and you'll have to sign our roster. I'll have to bring it back out tomorrow.”

That’s when reporter Melanie Chapman decided to intervene.

“Have you been to any other restaurants and gotten any other money?” she asks.

“No ma'am?” he replies.

That’s when Walker quickly left the business. Karen tells us he drove off in a different vehicle the night before, but still had the same Kansas plates.

“It's exactly what needed to happen,” says Bauer. “I should have had the police here to take him away. It's just bothered me because they used Larry’s death as part of their scam. It isn't seem right, so I called the police, I called the Attorney General and you guys came along and got it taken care of for us. I appreciate that.”

We called W.F. Cody’s and were told it never sponsored the man’s team.

Does the man seem familiar to you? If you've been scammed, contact Springfield Police.

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