McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 1, 2012

Local violinist charged with felony; warrant issued

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — Local violinist Michael Josh Ginsburg, 36, has been charged in Pittsburg County District Court with one felony count of obtaining property by trick/deception after he alledgely told Krebs resident Steve DeFrange he had a buyer for his violins and then alledgely sold the violins to a pawn shop owner and kept the money. 

 In an affidavit filed with the court, Krebs Police Officer Mike House stated that DeFrange who said he had previously worked with Ginsberg to sell musical instruments “with no problem” was told by Ginsberg that he knew of someone in Muskogee who wanted to buy a violin. DeFrange told Ginsburg that he would sell one of his violins for $850 and one for $1800. Ginsburg also allegedly asked DeFrange if he could borrow one of the violins that he didn’t sell to play at church. According to the affidavit, DeFrange agreed to let Ginsburg sell one violin and use the other in church. DeFrange stated that over the next couple of weeks he either could not reach Ginsberg or that Ginsburg allegedly made excuses why he had not paid for the violins. The affidavit stated that Ginsburg allegedly told DeFrange that “he would come over the DeFrange’s house to pay for the violins but never did so.”

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