Utah authorities probe claim jumping allegations

Thursday , May 24, 2012 - 3:13 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY-- Authorities are investigating allegations that a Utah company is claim jumping and selling fraudulent mining claims on eBay.

KSL reportsCorey Shuman's Holladay-based Gold Rush Expeditions is at the center of the probe by the Bureau of Land Management and the Utah Attorney General's Office.

Shuman's business has sold claims to as many as 700 people in the past four years. Each claim ranges from $1,500 to $21,000.

But complaints are cropping up. Colorado resident Michael Thiem says he bought three claims from the company in specific areas of Tooele County, then discovered later that one was located a mile from where Gold Rush says it was.

Thiem says he questions whether Gold Rush properly staked the claim.

Shuman says any investigation will clear his company of wrongdoing.

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